Braden Theater

408 Main Street,
Presque Isle, ME 04769

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The Braden Theater was a longtime theater in Presque Isle opening in around 1951. It was forced to close in 1993 when a megaplex was built nearby. It had an original seating capacity of 630. The building was used by the Perham North Star church for many years.

It was reported that the Braden Theater reopened in March 2008, now with three screens.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 31, 2006 at 11:51 pm

Here are photos from 1951 and 1957, respectively:
http://tinyurl.com/qhygf
http://tinyurl.com/nt6e3

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 1, 2006 at 1:00 am

Here is an August 2006 article about renovation of the Braden:
http://tinyurl.com/qp42z

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 13, 2007 at 3:25 am

In 1963, the Braden was operated by Charles Brooks Theaters, headquartered in Ashland, Maine. Brooks Theaters also ran the Presque Isle Drive-In at the time, along with some other theaters in Ashland, Eagle Lake and Fort Kent.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on March 31, 2008 at 5:03 pm

This is a modern photo of the Braden Theater from a different angle.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 15, 2008 at 6:35 pm

The Braden now has 3 screens with a total of 473 seats and reopened on March 1, 2008, according to an article in the “University Times”, published by the Univ. of Maine at Presque Isle.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 15, 2008 at 6:43 pm

Make that 476 seats ( 144/161/171).

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 13, 2008 at 2:50 pm

Here is a website for the Braden Theater. This one is spelled Theater with an “er”. Function is first run movies.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on February 13, 2009 at 2:07 am

Opened in April of 1950. Some history of the Braden can be found here.

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