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Olympia Theater - 1930's Duesenberg
New Bedford, Ma.

This picture is of a 1930's Duesenberg and some jamoke. This photo was taken on 883 Purchase St. in front of the Olympia Theater in New Bedford.

Opened on April 2, 1916, it was designed by Wm. Mowll of Mowll & Rand architects with a seating capacity of 2,800, some say 2,300.

As of this writing, I am still looking for more information about the photo. If you have any please contact the webmaster. The photo is not dated.

The film featured that day was "Heaven on Earth" made in 1931 included actress Anita Louise.

She appeared in 70 films between 1924 and 1952. She later played the mother on the television series "My Friend Flicka"
The Zeitz family bought the theater in 1962 In 1966 a national touring company staged the comedy hit "Barefoot in the Park". the show was sold out. The theater closed in 1971 and was demolished in 1972.

The stores on ground level at the sidewalk were occupied by various merchants over the years.
In the first view below it is by the W. L. Douglas Shoe store, managed by Fred Barrows.
Photo with Duesenberg provided by M.L. Baron - Click the picture below for an enlargement.

1933 Duesenberg - New BEdford, Ma - www.WhalingCity.net

Below - 1941 Olympia Theater - The Olympia Luncheonette replaced the shoe store next door to the entrance of the theater.

Below - Olympia Theater Postcard

Olympia theater Postcard

Below - Looking South on Purchase Street - Olympia theater in View. Trolley tracks are seen in the street.
 
 
 

 


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