Arcade Theatre

300 W. Main Street,
Crisfield, MD 21817

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The Arcade Theatre opened in the late 1920’s. It was located in Crisfield which is on the lower Eastern Shore. It was built to replace the Opera House that burned to the ground in in 1928.

This old yellow brick theatre served the community until its closing in the mid-1950’s. The building is now used for retail space.

On a stop in Crisfield a couple years ago on out way to Tangier Island I was able to locate the building which is in great shape and snap a couple pictures.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

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kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 3, 2007 at 7:37 am

Here is an account of a fire at the Arcade on 6/19/65:

CRISFIELD â€" A Crisfield landmark was heavily damaged Friday night when fire of unknown origin burned through the balcony and roof of the Arcade Theatre on Main St. “Thank goodness the movie was over and the building vacant when the fire broke out,” said Mrs. Paul Maddrix, wife of one of the owners of the Arcade, “or there might have been panic among the children.” Mrs. Maddrix said the theatre was showing a movie that appealed especially to the younger set, and there were 300 or more young people in the building during the show.

She said the movie, “Beach Party” ended about 9.30 p.m. and the fire broke out about 11:30 p.m. Two business concerns adjoining the theatre, Beverly’s Sweet Shop, and Daniel’s Radio Repair Shop, were extensively damaged from smoke and water. Firemen said the sweet shop had several people in it at the time of the fire but the radio repair business was vacant. There were no injuries reported, either to firemen or patrons in the nearby shop.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on July 6, 2007 at 10:19 am

There was another fire on 3/31/28 which started in the Arcade and eventually destroyed over twenty buildings, including two theaters and a hotel. Maybe they should get a smoke detector.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on November 8, 2008 at 11:57 am

The Kilduff’s site listed the Arcade on Main Street, but I think there was only one in Crisfield.
http://www.kilduffs.com/AZA.html

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