Initially, The Star Electric Theatre showed silent films using live piano, player piano, and a phonograph to provide music accompaniment until 1931 when it was remodeled, complete with a sound system that could play “talkies”. “Parlor, Bedroom & Bath” was the first sound movie shown at the theatre, which played movies until 1974. Updated projectors were installed in 1987 for Milton’s centennial celebration but haven’t been used since then.
I got the chance to visit the Little Star Theatre recently, while they were preparing for their annual children’s play. According to the region’s history book A Century of Area History, “The Star Theatre” was built in its current location in 1916 after operating in a different building for the previous two years under the name “The Star Electric Theatre”.