Scenic Theatre

12-14 N. Main Street,
Central Square,
Rochester, NH 03867

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Previously operated by: Interstate Theatres Corporation

Functions: Housing, Office Space

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Scenic Theatre

The Scenic Theatre was located on N. Main Street at Central Square in Rochester and was opened in 1912. In 1945, according to that year’s Film Daily Yearbook, it was open and seated 600. In 1950, the seating capacity was given as 975.

In June 2007, plans were proposed to convert the building into an entertainment center. This never materialised. In January 2021 conversion began to provide 50 apartments and commercial space in the building.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 15, 2008 at 11:02 am

The Scenic is listed in the 1942-43 edition of the Motion Picture Almanac as part of the Interstate Theatre Corp. of Boston. Interstate also ran the Colonial (a.k.a. State) Theatre in Rochester.

tallboyyyy on September 19, 2008 at 10:13 am

It appears as though the Scenic may be rising from the dust. See the news story here View link

tallboyyyy on September 19, 2008 at 10:36 am

here is a 1940’s postcard pic. View link

tallboyyyy on September 27, 2008 at 9:54 am

Here’s a more current news story from Thursday September 25, 2008 discussing the plans for the future as well as an interview with previous and current owners of the theater. View link

DavidZornig on May 11, 2015 at 9:39 pm

2008 article with a photo that will enlarge. Copy and paste to view.

DavidZornig on May 11, 2015 at 9:41 pm

CinemaTour link with small photo.

DavidZornig on May 11, 2015 at 9:43 pm

More vintage pics.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 6, 2015 at 12:52 pm

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Scenic; it’s Card # 511. Address is North Main St. There is an exterior photo dated March 1941. Condition is Good. It says it was opened about 1915, and shows MGM movies. 677 seats on the main floor and 280 balcony, total 957. Competint theater is the Colonial. 1940 population 12,500.

robboehm on June 6, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Uploaded photo of Scenic showing The Ten Commandments on the marquee.

DavidZornig on January 6, 2021 at 10:09 am

Address is 12-14 N. Main Street. It is being converted into 50 apartments with 2700 square feet of commercial space called the Scenic Salinger. Complete is expected October 2021. Marquee letters were found during recent construction per below link with photos.

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