Waldo Theatre

916 Main Street,
Waldoboro, ME 04572

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Waldo Theatre

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.

Contributed by Bryan

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 8, 2015 at 9:04 pm

The Theatre Historical Society on-line archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Waldo; it’s Card # 454. Address is Main St. There is an exterior photo taken March 4, 1941. Condition is Excellent. The report says it opened in 1936 and was showing MGM movies. There were 260 seats downstaira and 187 in the balcony; total 447 seats. 1940 population was 2,497.

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