406 W. 3rd Street,
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The Columbia Theatre was built in 1913 and was a vaudeville/live theatre, an early project from the architectural firm of Rapp & Rapp. It had a seating capacity of 1,800.
Eventually going over to movies, the 1941 & 1943 editions of Film Daily Yearbook list it as ‘Closed’. This was because it had been converted into a movie theatre known as the Esquire Theatre on November 25, 1939 with a reduced seating capacity of 834, all on a single level. The architects for the Art Deco style conversion were Wetherell & Harrison. Interior decorations were by Hanns Teichert. It was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary A.H. Blank.
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