Bristol Theater

30 Pleasant Street,
Bristol, NH 03222

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Previously operated by: Interstate Theatres Corporation

Styles: Art Deco

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The Bristol Theatre circa late '50s

The Bristol Theater was a small rural theater built in the 1920’s. Constructed using inexpensive materials but with great care to detail, the interior was decorated in a minimalist Art Deco style.

It had a large 1:33 screen and a mono sound system until the early 60’s. A 2:35 screen and 2-channel stereo was installed sometime in the late 50’s/early 60’s.

Seating included a raised "balcony" section with the refreshment stand and manager’s office located under it and accessible from the lobby.

The Bristol Theatre’s days ended when the building collapsed from a heavy snow load in the early-1960’s.

Contributed by Dave Roberts

Recent comments (view all 6 comments)

rickeiff on June 28, 2004 at 7:15 pm

The Bristol Theatre was not one of the Interstate Theatres which were located in Texas. Interstate Theatres, Inc. general offices were located in the Majestic Theatre Building in downtown Dallas, Texas and the chain consisted on around 200 houses in Texas and in New Mexico

curmudgn on October 6, 2004 at 10:41 pm

The theater was listed as “An Interstate Theater” in all ads which ran in the local paper while it was in operation. “Interstate Theater” also appeared in early stories in local paper stories regarding the theater’s remodeling in 1937.

I have tried to update the info I originally posted about the theater on at least 3 separate occasions, but my e-mails to Cinema Treasures were never answered so I gave up.

Articles about the theater from the local paper, The Bristol Enterprise, can be found on this web page:

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Dave Roberts
Bridgewater NH

curmudgn on June 2, 2005 at 11:03 pm

I recently acquired a small B&W pic of the Bristol Theatre taken in the fall of 1951 and a copy of a weekly newsletter called the “Bristol Movie News”. Scans of the pic and the newsletter can be viewed at the link below.

Dave Roberts
Bridgewater NH

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 17, 2011 at 2:06 pm

The Bristol Theater in Bristol NH is listed under Interstate Theatre Corp, 260 Tremont St., Boston in the 1942-43 Motion Picture Almanac. That circuit ran theaters in CT, MA, NH and VT in 1942, and is not to be confused with Interstate Circuit Inc. of Dallas TX, or Interstate theatres of Thomasville GA.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 1, 2014 at 2:02 pm

Address was approximately 30 Pleasant Street.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 28, 2015 at 3:08 pm

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Bristol Th., it’s Card # 473. Address is “Main St.” There is an exterior photo dated April 1941. Condition is Good. The report says it opened about 1930, that it shows MGM films and has 403 seats. 1940 population was 1,600.

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