Camden Theatre

10 Mechanic Street,
Camden, ME 04843

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Functions: Retail

Styles: Colonial Revival

Previous Names: Comique Theatre

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Camden Theatre

The Comique Theatre was listed in the 1914-1915 edition of American Motion Picture Directory. It was renamed Camden Theatre around 1942. The Camden Theatre is located on Mechanic Street and the building become a clothing and shoe store, known as The Maine Foothills. By 2017 it is an antique store named Camden Merchant’s Co-operative.

The 20th Century Fox CinemaScope movie “Peyton Place” staring Lana Turner was filmed on location in Camden, and it had its World Premiere at the Camden Theatre on December 11, 1957.

Contributed by Kirk

Recent comments (view all 7 comments)

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 20, 2010 at 10:47 am

Open till 2007?

Owned by Graphic Theaters Circuit of Boston 1950? till at least 1967.

More info or photos?

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 20, 2010 at 11:02 am

n the 1942-43 Motion Picture Almanac, Graphic Theaters Circuit of Boston is listed as the operator of the Camden Theatre in Camden Maine; however, it also lists the Comique in Camden as part of Graphic Theatres. But from the above, I gather that the Camden and the Comique were the same theater. Graphic ran a number of movie theaters in Maine, NH, VT and MA at that time.

Cinemalover on June 20, 2010 at 11:04 am

It would be great if anyone had a picture of it maybe link it from flickr?

Google maps has a streetview and you can clearly see the old theatre if you type in the address 10 Mechanic St. Camden, ME

spectrum on August 6, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I’ve walked through the building many times on shopping trips. It is colonial revival on the outside – the inside is a single level, simple ornate pillars down the sidewalls, the proscenium is still there (sealed off – but I don’t think there was a stagehouse.) From the floor tiles in the former lobby area I would say this has been retail since at least the early 1960s, perhaps back to late 1950s. It has been well maintained, all painted creamy white color; and you can still see the projection windows.

LPLEBLANC on November 23, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Here’s an 84 year-old man who remembers attending the old Comique Theatre in Camden. I stood in the balcony and watched Gulliver’s Travels. I think it was my 12th birthday. The Comique was an entirely different building than the photo you show. It was torn down and replaced during WWII.The new Camden Theatre had no balcony, and was larger.

CSWalczak on November 24, 2012 at 12:07 am

Here is a picture of the Camden Theatre.

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