New Folly Theatre

Water Street,
Castine, ME 04421

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Previous Names: Folly Theatre

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The Folly Theatre was purpose-built in 1915 in Castine. But for reasons unknown it was closed and its owners built the New Folly Theatre on Water Street in 1920. That cinema operation lasted until 1946.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 28, 2015 at 6:47 pm

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the New Folly; it’s Card # 355.Address is “Main St.” (Incorrect – it seems that whenever the MGM agent couldn’t recall the name of a street, he merely wrote “Main St.” on the report). There is an exterior photo dated Dec. 31, 1941. Name of theater is “New”, which was incorrect. Condition is Poor. The report says it opened in 1916, was showing MGM films, and had 220 seats. The 1940 population was 660.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 30, 2015 at 4:31 am

Local resident Bette Norris recalls a later period in the Folly Theatre’s history: “during the early 50’s the movie theatre was re-opened by two gentlemen from Massachusetts for just a few years. They put in “soft” theatre seats! Children’s tickets were 25 cents and adults were 44 cents.”

From the comments on this page, which is a Google cache as I can’t get the original page itself to render.

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