Auditorium Theatre

81 Maple Street,
Barton, VT 05860

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Styles: Colonial Revival

Previous Names: Orleans Municipal Auditorium

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The Auditorium Theatre Inside Orleans Municipal Bldg VT

The Auditorium was the local movie theatre in Barton/Orleans, a town in northern Vermont. It occupied a municipal building and presented its first live production “Meet Uncle Sally” on April 11, 1931. The first movie to be screen in the building was Johnny Mack Brown in “The Great Meadow” on May 6, 1931. It operated as a movie theatre into the 1950’s.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 11, 2007 at 11:50 am

The Auditorium was included in the MGM Theatre Photograph and Report project. There is an exterior photo dated May 1941. The cinema was located in a brick building with a stately facade about 4 stories high. Near the top is engraved “Orleans Municipal Building”. There is a center entrance with a double door. There is no marquee but there are large portable poster boards on either side of the entrance. There are 4 pilasters across the facade and a big cornice above. The Report states that the Auditorium is on Main Street, that it has been showing MGM films “for 20 years” , but then says that it opened in 1933, 8 years earlier. (typical of the mistakes found in these reports). It says that it is in Good condition, and has 500 seats, all on one floor. There are no competing theatres, and the 1940 population of Orleans is 1,300. Although “Vermont” is typed under “State” on the Report, it was for some reason filed alphabetically by town with the Reports for Massachusetts, so at first I thought it referred to Orleans MA on Cape Cod. It’s a good example of a 1940-era American rural movie theatre.

postcardguy on March 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Just added a nice 1940s era Real Photo postcard view of the Orleans Municipal building that housed the Auditorium Theater…hope you enjoy it! Kevin

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm

The Real Photo postcard is definitely the same building which was pictured in the 1941 MGM Report, but a much better photo.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 10, 2014 at 8:51 pm

The Auditorium is still there as you can see at but I have not been able to find if it is still used.

dallasmovietheaters on October 8, 2021 at 7:01 am

The first use of the 507-seat auditorium occurred on April 11, 1931 with the live play, “Meet Uncle Sally” with the first film playing less than a month later with “The Great Meadow” playing on May 6, 1931. The venue was designed with a Colonial style with 430 floor seats and 79 balcony seats. The back curtain had a view of Willoughby Lake. It was still operating - though just twice a week - with movies in the 1950s.

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on September 27, 2022 at 5:52 am

The auditorium exists, and the building is still a city government building.

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