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My theatre is older than yours! Maybe. 23 Jan 2006 18:38 #12142

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Our Colonial opened on April 10, 1912. Same day the Titanic set sail! Is yours older?

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Re: My theatre is older than yours! Maybe. 23 Jan 2006 18:42 #12143

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You beat me. Mine opened November 11, 1941.

"What a crazy business"
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Re: My theatre is older than yours! Maybe. 23 Jan 2006 22:31 #12144

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One of my screens is located in the building next door. It was a silent movie theatre that was in operation until about 1925. The Rex closed when our main theatre called the Pace was opened. I think it was built about 1914. I did find the old projection room that had a box of burned low intensity carbons, some old cigar butts and an old movie poster. The movie poster looked like it was hand painted and boasted being a two reel movie. Needless to say it is very fragile. Besides those items, I found old movie tickets that dated back to World War One. There was a war tax of a penny on the tickets.
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Re: My theatre is older than yours! Maybe. 24 Jan 2006 02:18 #12145

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Mine is just a baby. We opened November 27th 1986..
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Re: My theatre is older than yours! Maybe. 24 Jan 2006 11:26 #12146

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My other theatre, the youngen', The Temple Theatre in Houlton Maine, opened in 1918.

An interesting little detail at the Temple is that there is a hand rail at the bottom of the stairs to the proj booth where the projectionist would stand and watch the film and smoke and leave his cigarette when he had to change reels.... no smokin in the proj booth, and there is a 1/2" deep trench burned through the hardwood rail. A lot of nights with a parked smoke.

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Re: My theatre is older than yours! Maybe. 24 Jan 2006 12:10 #12147

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Pieman,

I had to laugh when I saw your post! Your theater opened on my 16th birthday! It was also Thanksgiving Day in the US, and coincidentally, also the day the Jane Fonda - Jeff Bridges movie "The Morning After" took place.

Just some random facts for a Tuesday!
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Re: My theatre is older than yours! Maybe. 24 Jan 2006 17:17 #12148

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Our Theatre opened in March 1914. My Great-Grandfather bought it in 1923 and its been in the family every since. In 1938 the theatre was extensively remodeled, the roof was raised and a 200 seat balcony was added.
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Re: My theatre is older than yours! Maybe. 30 Jan 2006 02:36 #12149

Gee thanks, Mike! For a while I thought the Park Theatre was the oldest operating in the country! Guess I just have to say "oldest operating west of the Mississippi River" now. I know that is a fact.

The auditorium of the Park (which originally held the projection booth and box office) was constructed in 1913. The theatre's landmark tower and lobby/box office/concession/restroom/ booth park underneath the tower was constructed in 1922. The Park has operated every summer with no interruptions since 1913. The theater is located in the mountains in a tourist town and has no heating system so it runs May thru September only.

The Rialto was opened in May of 1920 and ran until the 1970s when it closed. It was restored in and re-opened in the 1990s.

The other two theaters in my life were 1985 and 1995; no competition there!
Tony H.
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Re: My theatre is older than yours! Maybe. 31 Jan 2006 13:06 #12150

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Ours opened in the small town of Belleville IL in 1921 and has never closed.
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Re: My theatre is older than yours! Maybe. 01 Feb 2006 14:34 #12151

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Celebrating 90 years... we opened in 1916.
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