Algonquin Arts Theatre
173 Main Street,
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Algonquin Arts (Official)
Previously operated by: Clearview Cinemas, Independent Theater Service Inc., Walter Reade Theatres
Functions: Movies (Classic), Movies (First Run), Performing Arts
Previous Names: Algonquin Theatre
Opened on May 27, 1938 with Shirley Temple in “Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm”. Remained a single screen until closing in the 1980’s. Sat vacant until 1992 when a non profit organization took it over. Reopened as a performing arts center in 1994. At the grand reopening, tickets were sold for the 1938 price of 15 cents for adults and 9 cents for children. The 1938 winner of the “name the theatre” contest was also present for the 1994 reopening. Also shows classic and first run movies.
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Some of my photos from May 2005:
Listed as a Walter Reade Theater in the 1970 Film Daily Yearbook.
Listed as part of Independent Theater Service, Inc. in the 1956 Film Daily Yearbook.
According to the 2nd paragraph of this article, Clearview was leasing this theatre in 1994:
April 1954 poster added courtesy of Bob Randolph.