Powers Theatre

46 Sweden Street,
Caribou, ME 04736

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Powers Theatre

The Powers Theatre opened in 1916, built for and named after Julia M. Powers. The 400-seat theater was located on Sweden Street. The theater originally presented both vaudeville and films, before eventually turning to films only.

It was rebuilt and enlarged in 1945, reopening on February 11, 1945 with Judy Garland in “Meet Me In St. Louis”. It remained in operation by the Powers family until 1974 when it was closed.

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monika on July 26, 2009 at 1:47 am

The Powers Theatre building appears to be for sale. It currently houses a barber, tattoo shop, and food bank, among other tenants.

There are recent photographs of the building here: http://mainehomes.com/node/13177

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 11, 2011 at 5:30 am

Here is a vintage photo of the Powers Theatre. The caption says that it “… started as the Gem Opera House in the 1920s….” but an item in [em]The Moving Picture World[em] of July 15, 1916, indicates that the house was built to show movies: “CARIBOU, ME.â€"Astte & Page has the contract to erect a two-story moving picture theatre, 45 by 96 feet, for P. J. Powers, to cost $10,000.”

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 31, 2015 at 12:21 pm

The Theatre Historical Society on-line archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Powers; it’s Card # 353. Address is Sweden St. There is an exterior photo dated June 15, 1946 which was pasted over the original photo dated April 1941. Condition is Fair. The report says the Powers opened about 1917, was showing MGM films and had 624 seats. A competing theater was the Rudy. The 1940 population was 8,200.

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