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Comique Theatre

The 1916 picture of the Comique Theater.

The location is listed at 958 which was in the middle of a block between Kenyon and Cedar Grove st.

The theater is also listed (not in city directories) at 858 Acushnet Avenue on the northeast corner of Acushnet Avenue, and Hicks Street, in Weld's Square, and is most likely incorrect.

All city directories list it at 958 Acushnet Ave,  and the neighboring store addresses synch with that information.

Contact me if you remember anything about the theater

Nevertheless the photo shows people posing in front as well as a policeman.
Click on the image to see better detail.

The Essanay film company sign on the truck out front was promoting the October 28, 1916 release of the film "It Never Could Happen". The film made in Chicago starred Richard Travers and Lillian Drew.

The clothing store on the corner in 1915 is listed at 956 Acushnet Avenue and owned by Blaisdell & Snyder Inc.  The restaurant on the left is listed under the name Suprenant at 960 Acushnet Ave.

 In 1923, the restaurant at 960 Acushnet Ave is listed as Suprenant - Domina lunch, and the clothing store to the right at (south of the theater entrance), is Michaud and Dupre Men's furnishings, 956 Acushnet Ave.

The theater later became the Mount Royal skating rink upstairs and the Green Parrot bar downstairs.

It was demolished in the 1960's to make way for the new Route 18 connector from Coggeshall St. to the south end. Click the image to enlarge it.   <------ North

1916 Comique Theater -  - Acushnet AVe and Hicks St. New Bedford, Ma -

1918 Directory lists the theater at 958 Acushnet Ave.1918 New Bedford directory theater listings -

A clip form an Obit: Martin B. Ferrero, 87, died Monday, March 4, 1996. He was the proprietor of the former Mt. Royal Skating Rink and the Green Parrot Cafe in New Bedford. He also owned Mac's Amusements and Martin Vending Co. in New Bedford for 40 years.
2011 -  A son of Martin named Ronald Ferrero of 79 Beetle St. New Bedford is the president of Mount Royal Trust, a real estate leasing company and owner of Mac's Amusements and Martin Vending.