Loomer Opera House

751 Main Street,
Willimantic, CT 06226

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Architects: Francis Hatch Kimball

Previous Names: Loomer's Opera House

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Loomer Opera House

The Loomer Opera House had newspaper advertisements and notices from its opening in December 1880 through the early-1920’s. The theatre featured live performances, opera, fashion shows, boxing and by 1903 moving pictures. It closed as a movie theatre in the mid-1930’s. It was demolished in July 1940.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on October 15, 2021 at 6:22 am

Here is an interesting website on the history of the Loomer Opera House. https://loomeroperahouse.wordpress.com/

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on October 15, 2021 at 6:37 am

The Loomer Opera House was opened in 1879 and was demolished in 1940. Its address was 751 Main Street.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 15, 2021 at 5:49 pm

One of the pages on the site Gerald DeLuca linked to cites American Architect and Building News of September 13, 1879 saying that Loomer’s Opera House was designed by architect F. H. Kimball. Later in his career, Francis Hatch Kimball would become noted for designing a number of early skyscrapers from his Manhattan office, but in 1879 he was still practicing in Hartford, Connecticut.

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