22 N. 2nd Street,
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Previously operated by: Shea Theatres
Firms: Alcox & Stritzel
Previous Names: Soldiers & Sailors Hall, Shea's Auditorium Theatre, Auditorium Theatre
The Auditorium Theatre was built as the Soldiers & Sailors Hall in 1894. It opened as a movie theatre prior to 1923. It was remodeled and enlarged in 1947/1948, to the plans of architect Harry C. Holbrook, completed by the architectural firm Alcox & Stritzel. The façade of the building was ravaged by fire in 1968. It operated as a motion picture theatre named Cine 1 from December 25, 1969 opening with Ron Moody in “Oliver”. It operated through sometime in the 1980’s.
There was a drive by the citizens to save the building since it was the former Soldiers & Sailors Hall, but to no avail. The building was demolished in 2002. Today there is a small plaza and memorial where the theatre once stood.
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