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PS, Great add with that photo of the Merrimack Sq.
If I might add, this is that view roughly today
I was so fixated on “Star” I didn’t even notice the theater on the left. Sorry for that oversight if it added to the confusion. The caption of the post of the photo(s) on your FB link is “1929 Paige Street at John Street Theater in the back wow amazing photo.” The view is actually from John St. looking down Paige St. where it ends at bridge St. Across bridge street is the partially obscured Keith’s theater as I said. The theater on the left is/was the Merrimack Sq. Theater (https://pbase.com/jroy/low_merrsq). Keith’s theater’s marque in those years had advertising space above it in those years evidently but you can also compare the windows in the photos with those in the link for Keith’s I posted before (see https://pbase.com/image/173471817).
Great pix in the link you found none the less. I had not seen one like that of the Merrimack Sq. before
DavidZornig, the word “star” I believe is likely part of a banner/ad, not part of the name of the theater. The theater is Keith’s theater on Bridge street.
That would be this place I take it?
Yes, April 17, 2018 the demolition began. Thanks for the reminder http://www.pbase.com/jroy/image/167399650
they recently submitted plans for a 5 floor hotel on the site http://www.lowellsun.com/breakingnews/ci_30840258/athenian-corner-unveils-hotel-plan-lowell
Yeah Stephen. Most of that is from the Historical society I believe. Had it up here for awhile now http://scottymoore.net/indianapolis.html Check out Paul’s pix too. Thanks.
Thanks Paul. My email is at the bottom of each of the pages on Scotty’s site too if that helps, just click on my name.
Many thanks for the history of the theater you’ve presented here. I used much of it for a page for Scotty Moore’s website today about his appearances there with Elvis in 1955 http://scottymoore.net/indianapolis.html
I would very much like to see the pix pauln32 has of Faron Young and Ray Price there. Send me an email if you would.
only what’s visible in this photo
The Capitol Theater at 139 Common St. in Lawrence, near the intersection of Jackson St. opened in 1928 and operated until 1956. It was advertised as “The first Theater in the world built for talking pictures.”
see http://www.pbase.com/jroy/capitol for pix
Thanks NYozoner. The family had initally given me a location for it a few hundred yards west of there but you helped pinpoint it.
Here’s more on the history of the place
My guess is yes, it is Lowell. The building looks to match the one in the postcard of Lowell from 1913 though the marquee had obviously changed by the ‘40s. Great shot, thanks.
Thanks Don, there’s that and others here
I was going by the place last night and noticed it all lit up. The Electrical Distrubutor place is now gone and the building is now operated as a gym to teach Karate, Mixed Martial Arts, Self Defence and Kun Khmer (Cambodian) Kick Boxing. I walked through it a little and they have a full size boxing ring in the area where the fron to the stage would be. After the theater moved out years ago they built a floor/cieling from the balcony to the rear wall. I was told there are still remnants of the balcony upstairs and was invited to tour the place some time during the day if I go back. Maybe this weekend.
here is a very high res photo from 1905
here are a couple of shots from 1928 (one actually) I recently got that show the the B&L built bridge along side the Central Bridge and the depot in the rear of the Opera house. You can also see the front of the Empire theater to the right.
I’ve added Hathaway’s as the Playhouse Theater
Here you’ll find the picture that Ruth had and some others
here are some photos
I don’t have much that isn’t available in the photo books of Lowell and what I got out of the directories in the library there. I’d love to see that photo and possibly add it to the galleries crediting you if you’re willing. Did I get the proper corner?
you can contact me through http://scottymoore.net/contact.htm
All I know of Hathway’s in Lowell is what I listed. If its the same hathaway as the other cities then he didn’t build it in Lowell, he bought it and renamed it. The next time I go back to the libraries there I’ll see what else they have on it since I didn’t really look in any detail.
Here, though, is a 1906 obit in the Sun about a policeman who worked the beat at Hathaway's