New Bedford, MA
The Zeiterion was the last new theatre built in a downtown area that once contained 17 theatres. The theatre was originally built for vaudeville but closed soon after after opening and reopened for movies as the State Theatre. The theatre was "modernized" in 1971 but soon closed as the downtown area ceased to be a desirable entertainment destination. The Penler Brothers of Paragon Travel donated the theatre to the Waterfront Historic Area League and the restored theatre reopened as the Zeiterion on September 25, 1982.
When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight, nor for present use alone; let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for ... and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! this our fathers did for us." (John Ruskin)