Maine Theatre

67 Water Street,
Waterville, ME 04901

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Previous Names: Bijou Theatre, Empire theatre

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Maine Theatre

The Bijou Theatre was opened on April 16, 1914. It was a wooden structure and was listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook with 500 seats. Not listed in the 1930 edition.

On October 9, 1931 it reopened as the Empire Theatre and on November 25, 1935 it was renamed Maine Theatre. It was closed in 1948.

Contributed by Ridgewood Ken

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 10, 2015 at 11:24 am

Was the Bijou later renamed the “Maine Theatre”? The Maine Theatre was also located on Water St. (street number not given) and was about the same size (400 seats), supposedly open by 1926. The Maine Theatre was operating as of May 1941 and was the subject of M-G-M Theatre Report, Card # 457, now in the archives of the Theatre Historical Society. The CinemaData Project has seperate listings for the Bijou and the Maine.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 25, 2015 at 11:54 am

The Bijou Theatre and the Maine Theatre, both on Water Street, are treated as two different theaters in the CinemaData Project database. But it’s odd how the Bijou fades from the scene as the Maine Theatre enters the scene! It’s possible that the Bijou was renamed Maine Theatre, but I’m not sure of that. The CinemaTour list of theaters in Waterville has the Maine Theatre, but not the Bijou.

rivest266 on August 12, 2022 at 12:00 pm

The Bijou theatre opened on April 16th, 1914 and reopened as Empire on OCtober 9th, 1931 and Maine on November 25th, 1935 and closed or stopped placing ads in 1948. Grand opening ads posted.

Bijou theatre openingBijou theatre opening 17 Apr 1914, Fri Morning Sentinel (Waterville, Maine)

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