The Hub in its cinema heyday

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Cliff Bennett sends us this interesting note in reply to our recent article about the Hub relocating:

“Here’s a bit of history about the Hub building, which was the O’Brien Theatre for many years.

“My aunt, Mae Nesbit (Bennett) of Carleton Place, came to Almonte by train regularly (and home the same day or night) to play the piano for the silent movies from 1919 to 1922, before talkies came into being. She kept much of the piano music and would often play them for us kids in later years. Sadly, her house burned down in 1951 and all of that piano music was lost. Her neighbours saved the piano.”

Theatre lobby in the 1930s
A 1921 Gazette ad for the Orpheum, as it was then, and featuring ‘The Sheik’ with Rudolph Valentino. Ticket price was 25 cents.
Exterior, 1930s