5 memories of the old Old Port

Old Port Tavern, 11 Moulton Street

This restaurant and bar opened in 1973, in the historic 1828 Mariner’s Church building. It’s a lively place with TVs to watch sports and DJs to get people dancing on the weekends.

Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St.

Greenhut Galleries opened in 1977, initially on Exchange Street, as an art poster store. Peggy Greenhut Golden — who sold the business in 2016 after running it for nearly 40 years — focused on original paintings and sculptures by Maine artists. It has become the most important shopping mall in Portland.

Something is wrong, 32 Exchange St.

Fun, family-friendly gift shop opened in 1982 and selling only fish-themed items. Today, you can get mugs and shot glasses with lobsters on them, leggings with moose or bear images, and a variety of “Maine” sweatshirts, among other things.

Nickelodeon Cinemas, 1 Temple St.

Portland’s only downtown movie theater, built in 1983, has long been a place to catch a movie before or after dining in the Old Port. The six-screen theater is owned by a Massachusetts family that operates two other movie theaters in that state. The iconic Maine Lobsterman statue sits in a park in front of the Nick.

Rosie’s, 330 Fore Street.

This restaurant opened in 1987 in historic Boothby Square. It’s a place that serves classic pub food, drinks and a dart board. For years it’s been a go-to place for drinks with friends after work.


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