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Date Posted: Friday, August 30th, 2019

From the opera house and movie palace to the modern multiplex, the big screen in Delaware is more than a century old. On Saturday, September 14, at 10:30 a.m. the

9200-S27-002_031p: Cinema Center Newark Interior Lobby snack bar

Delaware Public Archives will celebrate the cinematic history of Delaware’s movie theaters with a special program presented by author Michael Nazarewycz.  The speaker will be discussing his recently published book, titled Historic Movie Theaters of Delaware. The author will recount several Delaware connections such as when Hollywood legend Cary Grant visited the Playhouse in 1955, fondly recalling his days on its stage as a child actor. Clint Eastwood came to Wilmington for a secret test screening of his film The Gauntlet at the Branmar Cinema. The groundbreaking history of Star Wars included a Delaware theater showing that was one of only forty-five in the United States to open the film.

Michael J. Nazarewycz has written for numerous online outlets, most recently the indie film site In 2014, he founded the MOT Film Society, where he has brought classic films to the big screens of Middletown, Delaware, to help raise money for charity. He is married with two daughters.

The program is free to the public and will last approximately one hour.  No reservations are required.  For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail

9200-S27-002_037t: Delmar Drive In Marquee

9200-S27-002_124p: Temple Theatre Dover exterior 1946


  • Cinema Center, Interior Lobby Snack Bar, Newark, undated
  • Delmar Drive In, Delmar, undated
  • Temple Theatre, Dover, 1946

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