New Electric Theater
632 Main Street,
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Previous Names: Layson Opera House, Crescent Theater
Built in 1869 by Robert M. Layson. Known as Layson Hall, the building was used as a furniture store in the lower level and in the second floor as an opera house for the public. Opening night was December 10, 1871. In November 1904, the property was sold to Ben Pemberton and W. Morris Goff, the theater was renovated and the name changed to Crescent Theater. By 1906 it was showing movies along with vaudeville. In 1907, the name was changed again to New Electric Theater.
After the building stopped being used as an opera house and theater, the second floor was used as apartments and the first floor was designed retail space.
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