8 Bethune Street,
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Opened on August 4, 1927 as the Weller Theatre, it was built by Mrs. Susan Weller. By 1941, it had been renamed Bay Theatre. It was a very plain, functional space with a sharpely raked floor. The last few rows were special seats, wicker, at a special prices rather than theatre seats.
During World War II there was a free admission granted if you bought a bond. The last known owners were Scalese and Gilson. The Bay Theatre was closed on Labor Day of 1964. The structure was torn down later in 1964.
I don’t believe the auditorium was air conditioned because during a summer’s day the doors were open, presumably to allow air to circulate. The space currently serves as a parking lot for a restaurant, but the theatre was levelled before the restaurant even was built.
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