Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
153 Main Street,
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Flynn Center for the Perfoming Arts (Official)
Firms: Mowll & Rand
Functions: Performing Arts
Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Flynn Theatre
The Flynn Theatre was built in 1930 by businessman John J. Flynn. The Flynn Theatre was designed for the live performances of vaudeville and opened November 26, 1930. With the rise of the motion picture industry, the Flynn Theatre shifted and operated successfully as a movie theatre for almost fifty years until its own decline as multiplex movie theatres began to rise and take hold in the 1970’s. It was “rediscovered” by the Lyric Theatre group in 1981.
In the late-1990’s and early-2000 the Flynn Theatre underwent successful capital campaigns that stabilized the theatre, and readied it for upcoming restoration and expansion. Restored to its original Art Deco style interior, the Flynn Center now houses MainStage (the original Flynn Theatre), FlynnSpace (a smaller, intimate performing arts theatre).
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