New Theatre

102 E. Main Street,
Elkton, MD 21921

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Architects: Paul J. Henon, Jr., William H. Hoffman

Firms: Hoffman-Henon Co.

Functions: Workshop

Styles: Art Deco

Previous Names: New Central Theatre

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December 20, 1947 fire photo credit Historical Society of Cecil County.

The New Theatre was opened in 1924, located at Main Street and North Street. It was destroyed by fire on December 20, 1947 which also destroyed two hotels and several retail units.

It was replaced by the Elk Theatre at a different location (which has its own page on Cinema Treasures as the Elkton Cinema).

Contributed by Ken Roe

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kencmcintyre on November 8, 2008 at 4:41 pm

There may have been a predecessor, according to excerpt from a 12/26/47 article in the Denton Journal:


Sweeping through the business district of Elkton early Saturday morning, a half-million dollar fire destroyed two hotels, the town’s only theater and several minor businesses. More than 100 persons were forced to flee to the streets before the blaze was brought under control by firemen from three states.

The Ritz Hotel, the New Central Hotel and the New Theatre were destroyed. Other buildings which were damaged included the J. J. Newberry 5-and-10-cent store, the Janis Shop, a restaurant, a liquor store and a photographer’s shop.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 7, 2016 at 1:03 am

The predecessor theater kencmcintyre mentioned could have been the house for which the contracts had just been let according to the September 16, 1922, issue of The American Contractor. The $30,000 project on Main Street had been designed by Hoffman & Henon for The William Pierce Amusement Company.

DavidZornig on February 16, 2020 at 3:05 pm

December 20, 1947 fire photo added credit Historical Society of Cecil County. Below description credit Beth Boulden Moore:

“This took place Dec. 20, 1947. Newberrys then built a large store that took up the space of the small Newberrys store and the site of the New Central Hotel. The new store opened in 1950.”

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