Public Theatre

31 Maple Street,
Lewiston, ME 04240

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Functions: Live Performances

Previous Names: Ritz Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 207.782.3200
Manager: 207.782.3200

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The 800-seat Ritz Theatre opened January 31, 1940. It was renovated around 1991 and opened as the Public Theatre in October of 1992.

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rivest266 on January 31, 2010 at 11:11 am

This opened on January 30th, 1940 as the Ritz.
you can load the microfilm in the machine at View link
and remember to rewind it after you are done.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 21, 2015 at 11:19 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for this theater when it was the Ritz. It’s Card # 393. There is an exterior photo dated Feb. 1941. Address is Maple St. Condition is Good. Says it opened in 1939 (close), that is shows MGM films, and has 650 seats.

DavidZornig on December 27, 2017 at 7:19 pm

Older photo as Public Theatre added via Gary Henson. Second floor windows were bricked over at the time. Marks Billiards was upstairs per Joshua Dube. Current street view shows windows reinstalled and canvas awnings have replaced the marquee box.

DavidZornig on December 27, 2017 at 7:23 pm

Undated photo as the Ritz added credit Gary Henson.

rivest266 on May 9, 2022 at 4:36 pm

Grand opening ad posted and the microfilm machine is already loaded. Ritz Theatre openingRitz Theatre opening 30 Jan 1940, Tue Sun-Journal (Lewiston, Maine)

Remember to rewind it after you are done.

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