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.
I respond when two worlds that don't belong together end up together. That's why the musical could only have been born here: New York is all these little countries sharing a city. All the different rhythms of those different communities is what made the American musical possible. (George C. Wolfe)