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Sykes Theatre  ( aka Dean Theatre  -  other names found Melville & New )
Sykesville, Maryland   ( Carroll County )
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   Here's what I have for Sykesville - So far :

A check of insurance maps for the town in 1924 showed a movie house at 137 Main Street ( The old numbering system - currently 7565 Main Street  ) . There was also a Lodge Hall at 126 Main Street, also known as Odd Fellows Hall , which included a bowling alley.   Only our luck, the day we went to get a picture, a huge truck was parked blocking the theatre from view. Several old buildings have been combined to make one large building, currently a restaurant. The building has been known locally as the Hood Building. Yes, we will get back to reshoot the picture. The old Lodge Hall is also still standing, currently used as apartments, at 7530 Main Street . We have found no evidence movies were ever shown at the Lodge Hall however.
 
  A check of the Film Daily for 1931 showed two movie theatres , the Dean and the Mellville. The Dean seated 300, and the Mellville seated 500. The only reference I could find ( so far ) for both theatres was 1931. By 1938, the New Theatre is listed for the town, seating 150.

    Later references are found for 1945 and carrying through 1952 for the Sykes Theatre, seating 150, likely the earlier renamed New Theatre.  From what I understand the old theatre had been converted into a bank ( Maryland National Bank  - and known locally as the Warfield Building ) , and had been covered in a modern metal grate back in the 1970's. Movies were shown on the second flooerand the current address for the building is 7564.

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  The same building today, metal grate removed. I recently checked the Sykesville Paper for 1960's for information on the old theatre, but at this point, I could find nothing, not even an ad or reference for that year. Either the theatre had closed down, or they simply did not put ads in that paper, which is possible ( but unlikely ). We'll keep looking, but we did find this ad in the Sykesville Herald for 1960.
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