Milton in Motion: Milton Theatre

By Joe Wobeter, in Heritage Creek
Milton Theatre 1962Photo by: Delaware Public Archives

 

At first glance it looks like a classic theatre that has been locked up for quite some time. The marquee is still alive, occasionally posting information like “save the Milton theatre”. It’s windows and doors were boarded up, but not to be out done by a “For Sale” sign in the window collecting dust. 

The Milton Theatre has had its share of ups and downs since it first opened in 1905 and is located in the heart of downtown Milton, just minutes away from Heritage Creek and Wagamons West Shore. The theatre closed for good in 1962 after a devastating flood. There was even a memorable photo taken of local boys boating down the main street after the storm of ’62 with the marquee featuring the last movie shown, Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii.  But it’s still standing, even after experiencing three fires over the years, and is now a staple of historic Milton.

In its prime it was considered one of the best when it came to projection and acoustics. It seated 434 people and hosted black and white silent movies (youngsters may have to Google that). But before you write off this building as another relic of the past, know there is still big plans for this historic location. The sold sign is gone and there are signs of progress as you look in through the front windows. Now owned by Glenn and Lisa Howard, the theatre is being leased to Premier Center for the Arts and is set to open in May.

After the theatre reopens and is returned in all its glory we can all enjoy it as Miltonians did years ago.