3143 Olive Street,
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Previous Names: Movies
The Art theatre originally opened as the Movies. It was always an independent and not associated with any of the chains. It was small and simple. By 1950 it became known as the Art Theatre and showed the foreign movies along with the Richmond Theatre, the foreign films were never successful and the theatre finally closed only to reopened as the Screening Room.
As the Screening Room it was used by the various fim distributors such as MGM, Fox, Paramount, Allied Artists and others that had their booking offices all located on Olive right near the theatre. They would screen the upcoming movies for the local theatre chains and the press in advance of the release to the public.
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