Braden Theater

408 Main Street,
Presque Isle, ME 04769

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Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Braden Cinema Center

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 207.768.5500

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Braden Theater

The Braden Theater was a longtime theater in Presque Isle opening in around 1951. It was forced to close in 1993 when a megaplex was built nearby. It had an original seating capacity of 630. The building was used by the Perham North Star church for many years.

It was reported that the Braden Theater reopened in March 2008, now with three screens.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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kencmcintyre on August 31, 2006 at 3:51 pm

Here are photos from 1951 and 1957, respectively:

kencmcintyre on August 31, 2006 at 5:00 pm

Here is an August 2006 article about renovation of the Braden:

kencmcintyre on September 12, 2007 at 7:25 pm

In 1963, the Braden was operated by Charles Brooks Theaters, headquartered in Ashland, Maine. Brooks Theaters also ran the Presque Isle Drive-In at the time, along with some other theaters in Ashland, Eagle Lake and Fort Kent.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 15, 2008 at 10:35 am

The Braden now has 3 screens with a total of 473 seats and reopened on March 1, 2008, according to an article in the “University Times”, published by the Univ. of Maine at Presque Isle.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 15, 2008 at 10:43 am

Make that 476 seats ( 144/161/171).

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 8, 2015 at 11:43 am

The Theatre Historical Society on-line archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the “Branden” Theatre in Presque Isle; it’s Card # 433. But no one filled it out, so there is no info. There is an undated exterior photo. Most of the photos on these cards which have no information on them were taken between 1946 and 1950.

DavidZornig on September 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm

1959 photo added, credit Joel Kelly Photography.

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