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Previous Names: Morocco Theatre, Clarendon Theatre
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Morocco was home to an early nickelodeon likely around 1911 which was replaced by the Clarendon Theatre on Main Street. It was advertising at least as of World War I. Third owner Parke L. Werner closed for a week in 1930 to equip for sound reopening on August 22, 1930. The Clarendon Theatre closed in 1933 due to lack of patronage.
New operators took over the theatre reopening it as the Morocco Theatre now with an RCA sound system on March 30, 1935. The theatre closed in 1936 and was briefly reopened by Werner until sold to Harold and Elizabeth Heyer. The Heyers remodeled the theatre in early-1937 reopening it with a gala relaunch on Valentine’s Day of 1937 with new signage soon thereafter naming it the Moroko Theatre.
With the Heyers launching the Rem Theatre in Remington, Lorene and Raymond Bassett managed the theatre in the late-1940’s and early-1950’s. Heyer gave the theatre a major refresh ushering in full-fledged soda fountain service and a candy counter. Seat count was reduced from 330 to 280. In 1955 the theatre converted to widescreen projection to screen CinemaScope movies.
The Moroko Theatre closed twice in the late-1950’s due to competition from television though finding new operators. It was still advertising as of 1961 though appears the have ceased operations in the 1960’s.
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