Marquis Theatre

65 Main Street,
Middlebury, VT 05753

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Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Campus Theatre, Campus Cinema, Campus Cinema I & II

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 802.388.4841

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Campus Cinema 1970s

Opened as the Campus Theatre on March 27, 1937 with Lily Pons in “That Girl from Paris”. It is located a few blocks from Middlebury College. In the 1970’s and 1980’s the balcony was closed off and only the orchestra level used. Also in the 1980’s, the theatre was twinned by building a small theatre with a new booth under the balcony. Both auditoriums were on the orchestra level, and the theatre was then known as the Campus I & II. The original marquee was long-gone, and a large script “CINEMA” with flat channel letters spelling out “CAMPUS” were attached to the upper façade. When twinned, smaller Roman numerals I & II were added under the “CINEMA” sign.

New owners later took over and it was renamed Marquis Theatre. It still serves Middlebury today with first-run movies. The theatres' façade received an update during the pandemic shutdown of 2020.

Contributed by Joe Masher

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

joemasher on April 25, 2006 at 6:04 am

This was the Campus. In the mid-80s, the theater was twinned by sectioning off the underside of the balcony, with a new projection booth added in the back. I spent every summer nearby and went to the Campus many times. The balcony was never open any time I went there. Right up to the early 90’s, the Campus was owned by the Graphic Circuit which had several sites in VT, NH, and ME, including the nearby (now demolished) Midd-Haven Drive-In.

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on August 13, 2006 at 2:10 pm

god is this over priced,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on August 13, 2006 at 4:56 pm

thats one screen i think .. i did see the per screen seat somewere….cant old

jukingeo on August 30, 2006 at 1:09 pm

Hello ALL,

Does anyone know if this theatre could also handle live performances? Apparently it has been divided “The elegant way” (If there could be a ‘good’ way to describe dividing a theatre). The division is under the balcony instead of IN the balcony. I seen this done in another Vermont theatre…the Latchis. In that case it was superbly done. The resulting theatre under the balcony is very small, but in a pinch, this is the best way I have seen a theatre divided. Most opt to convert the balcony and as such it destroys the grandeur of the theatre. The Latchis is a must see as the conversion is very tastefully done and unobtrusive.


shoeshoe14 on July 23, 2008 at 3:18 pm

Was passing through on a cycling trip recently. The marquee looks playful, like an Art Deco lollipop. It was closed when I was there but was going to open up for movies at night, well after I was gone.

DavidZornig on December 25, 2013 at 7:56 pm

I just added a 1952 photo of the Campus Theater.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 26, 2015 at 12:01 pm

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Campus; it’s Card # 582. Address is Main St. There is an exterior photo dated April 1941. The condition is Fair. The report says that it was built in 1924, and is showing MGM films. There were 510 orchestra seats and 211 balcony seats, total 721, but someone indicated that the total seating was 651. The 1940 population of Middlebury was 2,100.

50sSNIPES on March 4, 2022 at 1:18 pm

The 65 Main Street building was built in 1924, and the Campus Theatre began constructing in 1936. The Campus Theatre opened its doors on March 27, 1937 with “That Girl From Paris” with no extra short subjects.

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