118 W. Walnut Street,
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The Portland Opera House opened in 1885 and seem destined to last 100 years in downtown. While live performers including Harry Houdini and Chico Marx drew crowds, Portland enjoyed films shown there.
When the 35-year old venue was equipped with sound, it became a full-time theatre called the Hines Theatre beginning on May 2, 1930 named after its operator. Unfortunately, after a July 23, 1983 showing of “The Twilight Zone,” a fire ended things for the 98-year old showplace. Worse yet, a projectionist who had been at the Hines Theatre almost since day one died in the blaze.
Locals had to drive to Fort Wayne for movies until the Ritz Theatre came to town.
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