New Theatre

8 W. Bel Air Avenue,
Aberdeen, MD 21001

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Architects: William O. Sparklin

Previous Names: Aaco Theatre, Squire Theatre

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NEW (AACO, SQUIRE) Theatre; Aberdeen, Maryland.

The New Theatre opened in 1919 as the Aaco Theatre. It was renamed the New Theatre sometime in the 1940’s. It was located on West Bel Air Avenue, just west of Route 40. The New Theatre was the only movie theatre in Aberdeen. The theatre, last known as the Squire Theatre, closed in 1976 due to a fire in the adjacent building that caused extensive damage to the theatre. The former theatre was razed in 2004 to make way for a parking lot.

Contributed by Chuck Van Bibber

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

Thomas on January 5, 2005 at 6:06 pm

2005 Update ! Sadly, the New Theatre in Aberdeen was quietly torn down. An update is posted on . The bank next to the old theatre has built a newer bank building and the old theatre is now ……..what else ! A parking lot.

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[Deleted] on January 5, 2005 at 6:44 pm

The New Theatre had another name before it closed down. The last name this theatre was known as was the Squire Theatre.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 27, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Robert K. Headley’s book “Maryland’s Motion Picture Theaters” attributes the design of the AACO Theatre (for Aberdeen Amusement Company) to architect William O. Sparklin.

Sparklin practiced in Florida later in his career and, according to the May 1, 1948, issue of Boxoffice he was engaged to design a 600-seat theater in the 1900 block of Grand Central (now renamed Kennedy Blvd.) in Tampa for George Stonaris. I don’t know if the project was built or not. Google Maps doesn’t show any theater-like buildings on that block, and nothing in that area is currently listed at Cinema Treasures.

runusmc on July 6, 2014 at 12:21 am
   Prior to it's closing and than fire, the Squire turned to showing XXX movies like so many theaters did to make ends meet in the 1970's.
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