Rudy Theatre

Sweden Street,
Caribou, ME 04736

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October 1940 photo credit Jack Delano via the Library Of Congress.

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The building was the former Grange Hall, built before 1909. It operated as the P of H Opera House 1912 to 1914. It was opened as the Rudy Theatre in the late-1930’s by Richard A. Flora, who operated it until June 25, 1950, when he died. The Rudy Theatre died with him.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 31, 2015 at 10:25 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Rudy; it’s Card # 354. Address is Sweden St. There is an exterior photo dated April 10, 1941. Condition is Poor. The report says that the Rudy opened in 1909, was not showing MGM films and had 500 seats.

DavidZornig on October 1, 2015 at 7:50 pm

October 1940 photo added, photo credit Jack Delano. Caption (Original Description) On a Saturday afternoon along the main street, Caribou, Maine. Photographer: Jack Delano. Created: October 1940. Location: Caribou, Aroostook, Maine. Repository: LOC (Library of Congress). Courtesy of the Who Knows East – Old Photographs Facebook page.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 2, 2015 at 12:39 pm

An early photo of the Grange Hall can be seen here. The caption says the Rudy Theatre opened in the building in the late 1930s. The building burned down in 1952.

The Grange Hall was also known as the P of H Opera House (the photo caption mistakenly says P&H) which is how it was listed in the 1912-1913 and 1913-1914 Cahn guides, which said it was a second floor house with 378 orchestra seats and 242 balcony seats.

The Grange Hall had to have been built before 1909, as this web page displays a photo postcard of the building which was mailed and was postmarked 17 October, 1907.

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