Memorial Theatre

84 South Main Street,
Wolfeboro, NH 03894

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Architects: James Templeman Kelley

Styles: Romanesque Revival

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Memorial Theatre

The Memorial Theatre was a commercial cinema operation in the auditorium of Brewster Memorial Hall, the local town hall, built in 1890. The movie theatre lasted into the 1950’s.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 22, 2015 at 11:34 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Memorial; it’s Card # 518. Address is “Main St.” There is an exterior photo taken May 1941 showing an imposing brick town hall building complete with a corner tower. Condition is Fair. The report says that the movie operation dates from about 1925 and that it was showing MGM movies. There were 416 seats on the main floor and 80 in the balcony. The 1940 population was 2,600.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 22, 2015 at 11:49 am

This was an “upstairs house” on the second floor. As funds permit, the auditorium is being slowly repaired and renovated.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 22, 2015 at 8:38 pm

The NRHP Nomination Form (PDF here) for Brewster Memorial Hall says that the Romanesque Revival style building was designed by Boston architect James T. Kelley.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on July 23, 2015 at 12:27 pm

KenRoe: The architect spelled his surname with an extra “e” (Kelley.) Here is a brief biography.

Also interesting, Kelley’s house at Phillips Beach, Massachusetts, as featured in the May, 1917, issue of The Architectural Record (plans followed by three photographs on subsequent pages.)

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