406 W. 3rd Street,
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Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Columbia Theatre
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. It was closed in November 1931.
In August 1939 it was remodeled into an 834-seat movie theatre and opened on November 22, 1939 as the Esquire Theatre. All seats were on a single floor. The 1941 & 1943 editions of Film Daily Yearbook list it as ‘Closed’. The architects for the Art Deco style conversion were Wetherell & Harrison. Interior decorations were by Hans Teichert. It was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary A.H. Blank.
The Esquire Theatre was closed on January 7, 1959.
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