Ulman Theatre

230 W. Main Street,
Salisbury, MD 21801

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The Ulman Theatre opened March 2, 1942 with “Cadet Girl”. It replaced the Ulman Opera House which had opened in 1888 as a live theatre, but burnt down as a 610-seat movie theatre in 1941. The Ulman Theatre originally had 900 seats and was architected by Newell Howard and Raymond Todd.

On December 30 1963, the Ulman Theatre was screening the top half of a double feature with “The Three Stooges Around the World in a Daze” when fire broke out. Due to the flames which destroyed the Ulman Theatre, patrons would not get to see the bottom half of the double bill “The Big Beat”. The theatre became a total loss and the site became a vacant lot.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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dallasmovietheaters on July 22, 2015 at 12:22 pm

The Ulman Opera House was on the second floor while Ulman stores operated on the main floor beginning in 1888. But when fire struck in 1941, the Ulman Opera House and store were no more. So the Ulman heirs decided to build the Ulman Theatre with a completely fireproof booth in its second balcony. It opened March 2, 1942 with “Cadet Girl” which originally had 900 seats and was architected by Newell Howard and Raymond Todd.

On December 30 1963, the Ulman Theatre was screening the top half of a double feature with “The Three Stooges Around the World in a Daze” when fire broke out. Due to the flames which destroyed the Ulman Theatre, patrons would not get to see the bottom half of the double bill “The Big Beat”. The theatre became a total loss and after a lengthy eight month delay, the debris was cleared and the site became a vacant lot. Old posters from the Ulman were presented ten years after its burning as part of the county’s historical society exhibition. Five Salisbury theaters were destroyed by fire, the Ulman twice, the New Theatre, the Arcade and the Ritz Theatre.

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