Ludlow Theatre

106 Main Street,
Ludlow, VT 05149

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Previously operated by: Daytz Theatre Enterprises Corp.

Functions: Retail, Youth Center

Previous Names: Pa-Ra-Mo Theatre

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Ludlow Theatre 2021

This small-town cinema started out as a church. It was converted on December 12, 1940 to a theatre called the Pa-Ra-Mo Theatre, and the small annex on the left side of the building became the owner’s print shop business. The auditorium held 438 seats. By 1957 the Pa-Ra-Mo Theatre was operated by Daytz Theatre Enterprises Corp. It was later called the Ludlow Theatre, which ceased showing movies in the late-1980’s or early-1990’s. The building is still standing. The lobby is currently (as of 2021) Cyco Bike Shop, and the auditorium is used as the Ludlow Youth Center. The annex is a Mexican restaurant.

Contributed by Joe Masher

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 6, 2015 at 3:30 pm

Was the Ludlow Theatre originally named the Pa-Ra-Mor Theatre? There was a theater with that name on Main Street in Ludlow where it was photographed by an agent from MGM on January 7, 1941. He made up a theater report which is now part of the MGM Theatre Report file in the on-line archive of the Theatre Historical Society. It’s Card # 580. The report says that the theater is in Good condition, was opened in 1940, was showing MGM films and had 450 seats. Did the Pa-Ra-Mor later become the Ludlow Theatre?

50sSNIPES on June 12, 2021 at 2:50 pm

Yes it is originally named the Pa-Ra-Mo. The theater itself opened On December 12, 1940.

Some information about the theater goes as follows: This theater used to be a church prior to its reconstruction since 1901, and the theater name is named by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lamere’s children, Pa for Paul, Ra for Rachael, and Mo for Monica. The original brick building is a white stucco, 75x46 feet in size but 30 feet been added to the rear and 15 feet to the front for the entrance and lobby. There are 2 double french doors in front. The seats are brown leather with 14 seats to the row, every other end seat in each row being of a “love seat” type, which brings a total to 418 in capacity, are set in staggered form on a 4-foot/inch rise from the stage to the rear of the theatre. The aisle floor covering of deep pile velour in rich tans and browns. The side walls are of soft colored composition planking in shades of tan and brown, with chromium moulding. The lighting effect is mostly unusual as there being three vertical lights fixtures at equal distances apart on each side wall of the theatre. The lights may be regulated to cast many varicolored lighting effects. The original architecture of the interior is a Spanish Mission type been maintained and the rich deep brown of the beams overhead harmonize with the side walls and acoustic ceiling paneling. The stage is not large at all but commodities a sizable group of artists. The long, full folds of garnet colored velour curtains with gold trim open automatically by electricity. The drapes were crimson and golden satin underneath and the three tier satin fluting overhead presenting a charming rich appearance. Dressing rooms are located at the basement level, and at either side of the stage an exit door opens out from the main floor. There are 2 convenient lavatories on the main floor, and the projector booth is on the second floor. The booth is 18x16 feet and is fireproof and well ventilated. There is also a private lavatory and dressing room which adjourns the booth. The theater also equips with steam heated and cooling air conditioners. The building itself has an addition on the east side, 80x18, has been made to accommodate the printing office which Mr. Lamere has ben associated since 1904.

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