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Latchis Theatre (Official)
Previously operated by: Latchis
Architects: Steven Wesley Haynes
Previous Names: Latchis Opera House, Latchis Memorial Theatre
News About This Theater
The auditorium of the Latchis Theatre was built as a factory in 1900. On April 13, 1920 it opened as the 500-seat Latchis Theatre with Douglas Fairbanks in “When the Clouds Roll By”. By 1926 it was listed as the Latchis Opera House. A totally renovated Latchis Memorial Theatre was opened on September 22, 1938 with Sonja Henie in “My Lucky Star” plus a stage show. It had 1,140-seats. Although the Latchis Theatre is now a four screen cinema, the 1938 Atmospheric style auditorium has remained fully intact. Two additional theatres have been constructed in areas once occupied by the Latchis building and hotel, the second screen opened on January 16, 1987 and the third screen opened on June 24, 1988. The Latchis' foyer and lobby are also in good shape. In 2008, a fourth auditorium was opened in what had previously been retail space, and this is used for live performances and presentations.
As the theatre prepares for a restoration effort, its movies continue on. The Latchis building, which contains a hotel, retail space and of course the Latchis Theatre, is one of only two Art Deco style buildings in the entire state of Vermont.
The Latchis Theatre is also the last of more than a dozen Latchis movie houses which once operated throughout New England. This one originally opened in September 1938.
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