Haven Theatre

24 Liberty Street,
Fair Haven, VT 05743

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Previous Names: Black Theatre, Fair Haven Theatre

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Opened as the Black Theatre in December 1919 according to an August 24, 1922 article of the Fair Haven Era. This theatre had an unusual name to start. But speaking of August 24, 1922; the Black Theatre’s difference takes its place to a new level. A few days later after the announcement was heard, the theatre changed its name to the Fair Haven Theatre. The Fair Haven Theatre reopened with the Paramount film “Is Matrimony a Failure?!” 4 days later on August 28, 1922, followed by yet another Paramount film “The Man Unconquerable”, a Jack Holt direction film 2 days alter on the 30th.

Meanwhile while still under an arrangement of Vaudeville and silent films, special occasions were planned during the dying days of silent movies. First National Pictures’ “Lilac Time” was the first film to display at the Fair Haven Theatre to have a professional playing sound effects during the screening on Valentine’s Day 1929, but fast-forward to May 9, 1929 and major exploding plans were invented and ideas popped out of people’s heads. It took an entire 186 scrambling days to complete the idea, and the invention itself popped across the city of Fair Haven. Veteran’s Day 1929 marked the day talkies blasted in screens in the city of Fair Haven. The film “Hottentot” starring Edward Everett Horton and Patsy Ruth Miller and an unknown comedy drew the crowds in excitement.

The “full” Fair Haven Theatre name was used until the 3rd Quarter of 1950 when the name was shortened down to simply just “Haven Theatre”. The Haven Theatre a few years later received CinemaScope.

On March 23, 1966, the theatre was on its last legs when an auction was announced for the entire building, not just the theatre equipment. After a dead silence, Walt Disney’s “That Darn Cat” was the last film to present at the Haven Theatre on April 9 and 10, 1966. Until then, the Haven Theatre closed its doors for the final time on April 10, 1966.

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