Deering Theatre

476 Stevens Avenue,
Deering, ME 04103

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Previous Names: Opera House, Dollhouse Theatre

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February 20, 1941 photo courtesy Portland Maine History 1786 to Present Facebook page.

The Opera House was an old neighborhood theatre in Deering, to the northwest of of Portland, ME. It was opened in 1895. By 1934 it had been renamed Deering Theatre. It was closed in 1951. It became home to the Portland Players and was renamed Dollhouse Theatre. It was destroyed by fire in 1971

Contributed by Ron Salters

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 15, 2015 at 4:20 pm

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Deering; it’s Card # 363. Address is Stevens Avenue. There is an exterior photo taken Feb. 20, 1941. Condition is Poor. The report says that it opened in 1900, was showing MGM movies, and had 354 seats.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 15, 2015 at 4:49 pm

The CinemaData Project says that the Deering Th. lasted at least until 1951.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 16, 2015 at 3:34 am

According to this web page the Deering Theatre was in the building at the corner of Stevens Avenue and Brentwood Street. From the caption of the very small photo it at appears to have been on the northwest corner. The Deering Theatre was in operation by 1934, in which year the operators placed a courtesy ad in Deering High School’s yearbook.

An earlier house called the Deering Theatre operated on Congress Street in downtown Portland, but I don’t believe there was ever any connection between the two. The neighborhood house in Deering Center might have originated as the 400-seat, second-floor theater listed in the 1901-1902 Cahn Guide as the Hoegg Opera House, which itself might also have been the facility called Hoegg Hall or Hoegg’s Hall which was mentioned in several publications of the 1900s. The building suffered a major fire in 1905 and was rebuilt.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 16, 2015 at 10:46 am

Yes, it had old antecedents- the MGM agent reported that it opened about 1900, so it would have been a stage theater at first.

DavidZornig on March 21, 2020 at 3:55 pm

Below history credit Portland Maine History 1786 to Present Facebook page.

Hoegg Hall/Opera House was built in 1895 at the north corner of Brentwood and Stevens Ave by canned goods pioneer, Daniel Warren Hoegg. It changed names to Deering Theatre, later Dollhouse, and was home the Portland Players and the Lyric Theatre. It was destroyed by fire in 1971.

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