916 Main Street,
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The Waldo Theatre opened in 1936, designed by architect Benjamin Schlanger with an Art Deco interior with seating for 447 and a facade done in Colonial Revival style. The Waldo Theatre was renowned for its wonderful acoustics. The Cooney family operated the Waldo Theatre from its opening day until the late-1950’s, when the theatre was thereafter only used sporadically.
In 1981, it was purchased by a couple who began extensive renovations on the theatre. During its many years of disuse, the Waldo Theatre had fallen into severe disrepair. Since 1990, the theatre has been owned by the non-profit Waldo Theatre, Inc., and features a variety of peforming arts and live entertainment as well as classic movies. It once again became the showplace of downtown Waldoboro.
It was closed in 2014 and has fallen into a state of disrepair. In 2017 a new management board is desperately seeking emergency funding for roof repair to prevent further structural deterioration from ongoing water damage. Board members have been told that, if water damage isn’t halted by the end of 2017, the structure is likely to deteriorate beyond saving. Thankfully, restoration work as begus and is set to be completed by fall of 2020 when the theatre will reopen.
The Waldo Theatre was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.
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