The Arcade was built in 1926 along Route 1 and owned by R.K. Dennison of East Machias. This popular destination attracted locals and tourists alike. It had a theater with 500 seats; the movie “Knockout Reilly” with Richard Dix was being shown when this photo was taken. It also had an ice cream parlor and dining room. Across the road was a boarding house, and three overnight cabins were available for travelers. Rooms rented for $1.00 a night. Gasoline and oil were also available.
One night in September someone put a cigarette butt in the waste container, and the Arcade burned down.
Information provided by the East Machias Historical Society