Johnson Hall Theater

280 Water Street,
Gardiner, ME 04345

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 25, 2018 at 9:22 pm

They misspelled the name of the city, but the April 8, 1930, issue of The Film Daily did note the renovation of this house:

“Remodel Gardner Opera House

“Gardner, Me. — Russell Amusement Co., Publix subsidiary, operating the Johnson Opera House, reopened the house after completely redecorating and refurnishing it. Sound equipment was also installed.”

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 20, 2014 at 3:47 am

A Flickr album with eight photos showing the rough condition of the third floor space of the Johnson Hall Theatre can be found at this link. Mike Miclon, head of the Johanson Hall Performing Arts Center, was reported in the local newspaper last May saying that the organization intended to have the third-floor opera hall ready for full time operation within five years.

This articleposted at on September 14 shows the auditorium set up with temporary seating for the first performance in three decades, a concert held last Saturday.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm

In the long list of movie theater circuits in the 1942-1943 Motion Picture Almanac, the Opera House in Gardiner (they spell it “Gardner”) is listed under John Ford Theaters, an affiliate of Paramount Theaters. John Ford also ran the Coliseum in Gardiner at the time.