Capitol Theatre

91 Elliot Street,
Brattleboro, VT 05301

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Previous Names: Princess Theatre

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Capitol Theatre

Mrs. Emma C. Farrington became Brattleboro’s first female movie theatre operator when she launched the Princess Theatre on September 16, 1912 in the Miner Building in Brattleboro. The Princess Theatre mixed films and live vaudeville. Farrington would acquire the Auditorium Theatre, as well.

The Princess Theatre may have been known best for its colorful and well-designed programs of features. The Princess Theatre shared its namesake with the neighboring Princess Hotel. The theatre would change the most after fire on February 15, 1929 which all but destroyed the hotel and theatre. It was rebuilt and reopened as the Capitol Theatre on October 11, 1933. On March 15, 1937, a blaze totally finished off both buildings.

In the 21st Century, a dry cleaner was housed where the Princess/Capitol Theatre once stood.

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elmorovivo on September 2, 2018 at 4:32 pm

The Princess Theater, after the first fire (Feb. 15, 1929), was rebuilt and renamed Capitol Theater. The second fire (March 15, 1937), utterly destroyed the Princess/ Capitol Theater, along with the Princess Hotel.

rivest266 on June 5, 2020 at 2:22 am

Reopened as Capitol on October 11th, 1933. Grand opening ad posted.

SethG on August 27, 2022 at 1:54 pm

The Miner Building was constructed sometime before 1885, and was originally a three/four-story wooden tenement building. This original portion was on the left side in the photo. The April 1912 Sanborn shows the footprint of the theater portion already laid out. A small addition at the rear of the tenement block is slated for removal, and the theater portion is supposed to be brick and concrete block. The 1919 map, however, shows that the theater was a wooden structure, and that it and the tenement portion were clad in metal siding. At least in the original design, the theater was only on the ground floor, with lodging above. What can’t be seen from the photo is that the eastern wall was at an angle, so that the building became wider toward the rear.

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