Olympia Theater

Vaughn Street,
Portsmouth, NH 03801

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Olympia Theater

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This theater, built in 1915, was in the building on Vaughn Pedestrian Mall that currently houses the Subway restaurant. It was completely gutted and turned into offices in the 1950’s. It is behind the building which once housed the Arcadia.

Contributed by John Elwood

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 2, 2011 at 4:09 am

The January, 1920, issue of trade journal “The American Organist” has a directory listing organists, mostly in the northeast. Among them is Alexander Bilbruck, organist at the Olympia Theatre, Portsmouth. It notes that until 1919 he had been organist at North Congregational Church in the same city.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 22, 2011 at 11:21 am

The Olympia in Portsmouth is listed in the 1942-43 Motion Picture Almanac as part of the Maine & New Hampshire Theatres Co. of Boston. They also ran the Colonial in Portsmouth at that time.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 22, 2011 at 11:26 am

Oddly, in the same 1942-43 edition of the Motion Picture Almanac, the Olympia and the Colonial in Portsmouth are also listed as being run by John Ford Theatres of Maine, a Paramount affiliate. I suspect that one circuit must have sold them to the other in 1942.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm

The Internet says there is a Subway sandwich shop at 29 Vaughan Mall. Unless Subway has moved since the introduction for this theater was written, that must be the address of the Olympia Theatre’s building. Google Street View only provides views of Vaughan Mall from the north and south ends.

A photo of the Olympia’s auditorium can be found at this link.

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