Haines Theatre

175 Main Street,
Waterville, ME 04901

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.

Firms: Jackson & Salomonson

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Fire at the HAINES Theatre, Waterville, Maine, 1967.

The Haines Theatre was opened on February 7, 1918. It was destroyed by fire in 1966.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 1, 2005 at 2:37 pm

Listed in the Film Daily Yearbook,1943 as being operated by Paramount Pictures Inc, through their subsidiary Mullins & Pinanski. The seating capacity is given as 1,000.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on May 1, 2005 at 5:06 pm

In this old postcard the theatre on the left is the Haines.

kencmcintyre on July 5, 2009 at 9:27 am

Here is another view of the Haines going up in smoke:

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm

GenDisasters' Hains Theatre page cites a Nashua Telegraph article of February 11, 1967, which referes to the Haines as a 50-year-old building. If that is correct, then the Haines was probably the theater that was the subject of this item in the June 7, 1917, issue of Engineering News-Record:

“ Waterville—Theater—Maine Theaters, Inc., c o A. S. Block, Rockland, having plans prepared by J. Salmonson, archt., 36 Bromfleld St.. Boston, 1-story, 75x90-ft., brick. About $50,000 Bids will soon be received.”
The brick and white trim Haines resembles two Maine theaters designed earlier by the firm of Jackson & Salmonson (or Solomonson, as it appears in some other sources), which had offices at 40 Bromfield Street in 1916. Perhaps Salmonson had established his own practice, but the name J. Salmonson also makes me wonder if the magazine mistook Jackson for a first name instead of a partner’s name and abbreviated it to save space.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 27, 2013 at 12:47 pm

I have found multiple sources, including a 1916 business directory, which indicate that the correct spelling of the second architect’s surname is Salomonson. One source is the caption of a photo of the Haines Theatre on page 11 of Waterville, by Earle G. Shettleworth Jr. I think we can safely assume that the correct name of the firm that designed the Haines Theatre is Jackson & Salomonson.

Irishize41 on October 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm

My Dad worked at this theater. I believe he managed it when it was destroyed by the fire. After that he managed the Cinema 1 and 2. His name was Bruce Gallagher.

joesorce on November 5, 2014 at 6:30 pm

I remember Bruce Gallagher, he was a great guy. His boss was Charles Champine, who as of 2014 was still living in Waterville (and another great guy).

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 10, 2015 at 11:06 am

The Theatre Historical Society on-line archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Haines; it’s Card # 456. Address is 181 Main St. There is an exterior photo dated May 1941. Condition is Fair. The report says it’s over 15 years old and was playing MGM product. There were 614 orchestra seats, 522 seats in the balcony, and 16 seats in the loges; total 1,152. The 1940 population was 16,600.

rivest266 on August 3, 2022 at 9:42 am

Opened on February 7th, 1918. Grand opening ad posted.

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