308 North Main Street,
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The Howard Theatre was originally built in 1925 or ‘26 by Howard Bland. This theater, however, is not the original Howard. The original Howard was directly across the street from this Howard.
Originally, the name of this theater was the Rita and showed all the B-run movies in town. The original Howard was the first run theater.
In the 1950s, the Blands moved the sign off of the original Howard and closed that theater, over to the newly refurbished Rita/New Howard. Sometime during the late 1950s or early 1960s, the theater was sold to the Rowley United division of United Artists Theatres.
In 1972, the theater was twinned into its present configuration by adding a stage and wall at the end of the balcony creating an upstairs and downstairs auditorium.
In 1990, United Artists sold the theater back to F. Rhea Cromwell, a descendant of Howard Bland. In turn, the Cromwells have leased the theater out to several different individuals until 1999, when the current owner purchased the building outright from the Cromwells.
Information courtesy of William T. Parr.
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