Variety Theatre

97 Hanover Street,
Manchester, NH 03101

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Functions: Community Center

Previous Names: Crown Theatre

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Crown Theatre ... Manchester New Hampshire

The Crown Theatre dates back to at least 1925. Listed in the 1951 Film Daily Yearbook with 718 seats. It was renamed Variety Theatre in 1955, and was closed in 1961.

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Silicon Sam
Silicon Sam on June 22, 2009 at 9:16 pm

Good, building still there. Looks like Child and Family Services (Teen Resource Center) now.

formermovieguy on June 22, 2013 at 7:01 pm

The Crown building is the still existing Odd Fellows Hall. The 4th floor auditorium area is now used for offices and rehearsal space by the NH Philharmonic Orchestra.

paulnelson on June 22, 2013 at 7:15 pm

Photo is very artistic and evocative. Lights look like crystal. Blade signs are strange.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 23, 2013 at 6:16 pm

The Crown Theatre is listed at 97 Hanover Street in the 1920 Manchester City Directory.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 23, 2013 at 6:57 pm

The caption of a c. 1912 photo of the Crown Theatre on page 48 of Manchester, by Robert B. Perreault (Google Books preview), says that the Crown was renamed the Variety Theatre in 1955 and continued to operate under that name until closing in 1961.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 2, 2015 at 11:07 am

The Theatre Historical Society on-line archive has the MGM Theatre Report for this theater when it was the Crown; it’s Card # 496. Address is Hanover St. There is an exterior photo dated May 1941. Condition is Good. The report says that the theater was over 15 years old, was showing MGM movies, and had 800 seats. Competing theaters were the Strand and the Palace.

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