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Historical Items

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Item 101417

Central Theater, Biddeford, 1955

Contributed by: McArthur Public Library Date: 1955 Location: Biddeford Media: Photographic print

Item 34574

Movie Theater demolition, Lincoln, ca. 1995

Contributed by: Lincoln Historical Society Date: circa 1995 Location: Lincoln Media: Photographic print

Item 11278

Hiawatha movie handbill, ca. 1952

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society Date: circa 1952 Location: Portland; Portland Media: Ink on paper

Exhibits

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Le Théâtre

Lewiston, Maine's second largest city, was long looked upon by many as a mill town with grimy smoke stacks, crowded tenements, low-paying jobs, sleazy clubs and little by way of refinement, except for Bates College. Yet, a noted Québec historian, Robert Rumilly, described it as "the French Athens of New England."

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The Public Face of Christmas

Christmas, a Christian holiday observed by many Mainers, has a very public, seasonal face that makes it visible to those of all beliefs.

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Fashionable Maine: early twentieth century clothing

Maine residents kept pace with the dramatic shift in women’s dress that occurred during the short number of years preceding and immediately following World War I. The long restrictive skirts, stiff collars, body molding corsets and formal behavior of earlier decades quickly faded away and the new straight, dropped waist easy-to-wear clothing gave mobility and freedom of movement in tune with the young independent women of the casual, post-war jazz age generation.

Site Pages

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Lincoln, Maine - Lincoln Theater

This statement is not true, because in our research we found that before the actual movie theater was built there were art shows, concerts, and many…

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Presque Isle: The Star City - Braden Theater

The first movie to play here was “Nancy Goes to Rio” and the first ticket was sold to Mrs. Mary Griffiths.

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Presque Isle: The Star City - State Street Theater

The Bridgham brothers owned the theater. The first movie that played was “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers” starring Barbara Stanwyck and Van Heflin.

My Maine Stories

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Story

Memories of working at the Criterion Theatre
by Vernon L. Cox

Working as a teenager with projectionest Roy Blake at the Criterion Theater

Story

My father, Earle Ahlquist, served during World War II
by Earlene Chadbourne

Earle Ahlquist used his Maine common sense during his Marine service and to survive Iwo Jima