The Silver Screen

The Silver Screen (HM14F1)

Location: Belfast, ME 04915 Waldo County
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N 44° 25.585', W 69° 0.48'

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— The Museum in the Streets —

The burgeoning appeal of the silver screen led to the construction of the Colonial Theatre which opened the night the Titanic set sail from England in April 1912. A fire in 1923 following a showing of the film "Way Down East" leveled the building and a new theater (inset) rose from the ashes. In 1927, the introduction of "talkies" led to a widely expanding audience for movies. The Colonial Theatre also featured vaudeville acts, political rallies, concerts and boxing matches. In the early years, the movie selection changed several times a week and cost just pennies to attend. The current art deco style facade was added in 1947. The elephant sculpture, Hawthorne, was purchased from Perry's Nut House and added to the Belfast skyline in 1997 (panel #20).
HM NumberHM14F1
Marker Number16
Year Placed2004
Placed ByThe Belfast Historical Society and Museum, Inc., The City of Belfast, and the Belfast Community
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 2:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 499363 N 4919235
Decimal Degrees44.42641667, -69.00800000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 25.585', W 69° 0.48'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 25' 35.10" N, 69° 0' 28.80" W
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Area Code(s)207
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 158 High St, Belfast ME 04915, US
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