Pierce Hall

38 Main Street,
Rochester, VT 05767

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Architects: Charles Kinsman

Functions: Community Center, Live Theater

Previous Names: Pierce Memorial Hall

Phone Numbers:
Manager: 802.767.9599

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Pierce Hall

Pierce Hall was opened in 1916 as a community center. It contained an auditorium complete with a fancy proscenium arch, a fly loft over the stage, and a U-shaped balcony. It was used for many years as a commercial cinema (by 1950 and until at least 1957 known as the Pierce Memorial Hall) and is still in use as a live theater and as a meeting hall.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 20, 2015 at 2:05 pm

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for Pierce Hall; it’s Card # 586. Address is Main St. There is an exterior photo taken May 1941. Condition is Fair. The report says it was opened in 1920 (actually 1916) and was showing MGM movies. There were 350 seats on the main floor and 100 in the balcony. The 1940 population was 1,100.

robboehm on June 20, 2015 at 10:50 pm

Uploaded two photos from the Pierce site. The exterior shows the new elevator tower under construction, the interior from way back when.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 22, 2015 at 2:02 pm

They recently restored one of those old, colorful, painted drop curtains which were very common in theaters a hundred or more years ago. Somewhere on-line I read a posting (I can’t find it now) written by a woman who mentions some of her visits to Pierce Hall in the 1950s and 60s. She lists some of the popular movies she saw there, plus some stage shows: magic shows, kids shows, country music shows, etc.

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