About Us

 

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The Harbor Theatre

is a single-screen,

family orientated

movie theatre,

featuring  26′ Screen,

stereo-surround, 

air conditioning

& real butter on

fresh popcorn!

Tickets on-sale 

1/2 hour before

showtimes.

Discount Ticket

Books

& Gift Certificates

available during

our normal

hours of trade. 

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Owner Jason Sheckley, a long time theatre projectionist, was consulting with local folks planning to reopen “Harbor Lights Cinema”, which formally occupied the site which is now The Harbor Theatre.  The plans fell through though during Windjammer week in 2002 and the theatre was offered to Mr. Sheckley.  The theatre reopened on August 14, 2002 as a year-round venue- something the Boothbay area had been without since fire destroyed The Strand Theatre next to The Opera House in Boothbay Harbor in the 1970’s. Boothbay resident (and Chief Projectionist in the Armed Services in the 1950’s), Bob Devine was instrumental in bringing the theatre back: as a retired businessman he advised Mr. Sheckley in addition to personally remodeling the theatre’s lobby before the reopening. The theatre opened with the comedy “Gold Member”, a spoof on James Bond films. Had the theatre been able to reopen for the 2002 season there probably would have been smoother sailing: the theatre opened as the season ended and dropped into a “black hole” for the next nine months.  The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) suggests a population of 15,000 is needed, per screen to successfully run a movie theatre. The Boothbay region falls far short of the needed numbers off-season.

In 2005, a group gathered and brainstormed ways to help the theatre operate thru the difficult off-season months: “Friends of The Harbor Theatre” helps by selling annual memberships and sponsoring special theatre events.  Money raised is used to present film programs that otherwise would not be affordable.  “Friends” has also installed a new, custom-built movie screen frame and “sound screen”,  reconfigured the movie speakers for better sound, re-rigged the golden, remote-controlled “traveler” curtain (formerly installed in The Dover Theatre, Dover Plains, New York), and the black masking curtains which change the screen size by remote control.  Through a donation by The Regal Cinema Co., “Friends” and generous patrons, ‘nearly’-new seats have been installed in the theatre’s auditorium. The seats contain plaques on the armrests identifying patrons who have donated money toward the re-seating project.  Through the help and support of many local businesses, families and individuals, The Harbor Theatre is taking its place as a serious venue for the presentation of contemporary, classic, foreign and repertory film.  It is hoped that future donations will allow the theatre to install Digital 3D Cinema (presently estimated to cost $75,000 for The Harbor Theatre conversion).  Once digital has been installed, the theatre would be able to present The Metropolitan Opera “HD Live” series, London’s “National Theatre” HD series, and other HD theatre-televised events. Not to mention the increasingly popular Digital 3D movies everybody is talking about.

In the meantime, join us, make comments, help us to grow and bring you the best movie entertainment possible in a relaxed cinema based on a 1950’s model of what movie theatres used to be.

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