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   By far, the best known theater in Pocomoke City is the Marva Theatre, which is still used as a Performing Arts Center. Most web sites accounting old movie theaters usually just note the Marva. But that doesn't even begin the tell the history of movies in Pocomoke City..............

     In 1911, the town theater was located at 503 Willow Street, across from the Town Fire House (1st Floor) and Library (2nd Floor). The theater was small, with nearly half the building being used a a private dwelling. We are still working on the name of this early Pocomoke City theater, and it appears the building may still be standing, so a photo is in order as well.  Just down the street from the tiny theatre was the Parker House, at Willow and Clarke, which was one of the Town's hotels. We did locate a hall on Market Street back in the 1910's, (2nd floor of 618), but nothing we could find shows movies were shown there.

  By 1918, the tiny theatre on Willow was now the Lansing Hotel (sp?). The Fire Dept. was still across the street, although it appears the Library had moved. Movies had now moved to Market Street, but not to the site of the Marva, which was currently a small store. On the corner of Market and Front, at 100-102 Market Street, was the Empire Theatre, listed in 1918, as the only theater in Town. Across Front Street was the Ford Hotel, and on the opposite corner was the Peninsula Produce Exchange. The Pocomoke River was only 1/2 block away. A another insurance map of that era also shows the theater, but fails to mention it by name.

    An insurance map of 1926 shows the Empire Theatre being used as a restaurant and fronted by two smaller stores. The old Ford Hotel lot was now a filling station. Moving down from the corner at Front Street, the Marva was the first building to go up in the block, apparently after a fire (?) struck the town. The theatre was next to a large parking lot and filling station. The Marva, listing it's address as 117 Market Street in the 1920's had an entrance in the center of the building, with two small shops on either side of that entrance. On the other side of the street, at 124-126 Market Street  was a second theate, which we believe was the Dixie Theatre.  A much smaller theatre than the Marva, it appears that building might also still be standing and has been converted to other uses.

   The Marva theatre is a restored theatre in the heart of Pocomoke City. The current address of the theatre is 115 Market Street, and the theatre was built in the 1920's. Across the street , at 100 Market Street , right at the corner of Front Street, where the Empire Theatre was , that building has been razed and the site is currently an empty lot/park .
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