Federal Theatre

24 Federal Street,
Salem, MA 01970

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Federal Theatre

References to this lost theatre appear in comments on other Salem theatres. There is an internet photo of the interior as well. It was opened in 1913 and it closed in 1936.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 24, 2021 at 10:23 am

The Federal Th. is listed under Salem in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook with 1800 seats and open 7 days per week. Other Salem theaters listed with it were: Salem Th., Comique, Empire and Plaza.

robboehm
robboehm on February 24, 2021 at 1:47 pm

According to an article I found at Patch.com entitled Salem’s Long History of Movie Houses, the Federal was converted into an A & P Supermarket. There was also a bowling alley in the basement.

robboehm
robboehm on February 25, 2021 at 7:02 pm

Following their success with the Comique Theatre the Koen Brothers next venture was to build the Federal. They also went on to operate additional theatres in and around Salem.

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