New Surry Theatre and Performing Arts School

18 Union Street,
Blue Hill, ME 04614

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Functions: Live Theatre, Performing Arts

Previous Names: Town Hall, Community Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 207.200.4720

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New Surry Theatre and Performing Arts School

This theatre in Blue Hill was located downtown in the Town Hall. It began screening movies in 1915. By 1936 it had been renamed Community Theatre. It was still operating as a movie theatre in 1950.

In 1972 it reopened as a live theatre, operating as the New Surry Theatre and Performing Arts School.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 28, 2015 at 10:52 am

The Theatre Historical Society on-line archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Community Theatre; it’s Card # 345. Address is Main St. There is an exterior photo taken Jan. 30, 1941. Condition is Poor. The report says it opened in 1915, was showing MGM films, and had 400 seats. The 1940 population was 1,300.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 28, 2015 at 11:07 am

There is a live theatre company in Blue Hill today called the New Surry Theatre. They perform “upstairs in the Blue Hill Town Hall.” The address is Union Street, not Main Street. If this is the same Town Hall that was in use in 1941 then possibly it was the location of the Community Theatre cinema.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 29, 2015 at 8:55 pm

The Cinema Data Project lists this house under the name Town Hall, with Community as an aka. I found the Community Theatre mentioned in The Film Daily of September 18, 1936. The Bluehill Moving Picture Co. (no address) in Blue Hill was listed in the Maine section of the New England Business Directory of 1922.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 1, 2015 at 11:08 am

Yes, the Community Theatre was located in the upstairs auditorium of the Blue Hill Town Hall, at 18 Union Street. This venue is a live theater today.

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