Taylor Opera House

192 Main Street,
Danbury, CT 06810

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HansFM on March 25, 2009 at 4:44 am

Dear Reader,
I am a looking for information about one Robert Jennings who once was a piano player at the Taylor Opera House. He accompagnied silent movies. Later on he became a cameraman using his Akeley camera. He shot the Hindenburg disaster at Lakehurst in 1937. The record breaking of Henry Seagrave with the Sunbeam 1000 car in 1927. Grandma Moses he caught on film. Worked for NBC and had a television business starting in the 40ties. Anybody having any information about him, please contact me at the Dutch Filmmmuseum in Amsterdam, email: hkraan (at) filmmuseum (dot) nl. Thanks in advance!

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 17, 2006 at 7:21 am

The Taylor Opera house in Danbury is listed in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Theatrical Guide, an annual for roadshow producers. The seating capacity is given as 1,250. Ticket prices ranged from 25 cents to 75 cents. The proscenium opening was 25 feet wide x 22 feet high, and the stage was 35 feet deep. The theatre was on the second floor and F.A. Shear was the Mgr. There were 5 members in the house orchestra. The theatre had gas illumination. Local hotels were the Turner, City, Pratt and Windsor. The 1897 population of Danbury is given as 22,000.

shoeshoe14 on February 3, 2005 at 8:16 pm

The Opera House was first listed in the 1895 City of Danbury Directory as i found today while looking at the microfilm. It wasn’t listed in the 1900 Directory.