1071 Market Street,
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Previously operated by: Pussycat Theatres
Firms: Rousseau & Rousseau
Previous Names: Aztec Theatre, Round-Up Theatre
The Aztec Theatre was opened in 1925, and only operated for six months when it went back to retail use.
The Round-Up Theatre opened on February 12, 1944 with a Roy Rogers program of movies. It showed nothing but Western films, the double feature program changing daily.
On August 15, 1947 it reopened as the Centre Theatre screening Jennifer Jones in “Duel In the Sun” and began screening a mixed bag of re-releases and action films, finally zeroing in on all comedy programming beginning in 1949. A single comedy feature was showcased, backed up by a variety of short subjects, cartoons, etc., each program running an entire week.
The Centre Theatre was a classic example of the type of theatre known as a "shooting gallery," not so much from the nature of the films it showed, but from the fact that the interior consisted of one aisle down the middle with five seats on each side.
Unable to adapt to wide screen films in the 1950’s because the theatre was so narrow, the Centre Theatre landed on its feet by converting to "adult" films, first softcore, and eventually hardcore, and survived until December 1987 as an outlet for such fare.
At that time it permanently closed and was converted back to retail space (in 2018 an upmarket bicycle store).
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