Warner Theatre

68 Main Street,
Torrington, CT 6790

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Previously operated by: Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: Thomas White Lamb

Functions: Live Theater, Movies

Styles: Art Deco

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 860.489.7180

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Warner, Torrington CT

Originally opened in 1931 with Walter Houston in “The Star Witness”. After five decades as a palatial movie house in Torrington, the Warner Theatre was converted to a performing arts center.

Now reopened, several years of restorations were completed in 2008, the Warner Theatre is again a major draw in the Northwestern Connecticut area.

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ChasSmith on December 11, 2009 at 7:59 am

Here’s a batch of pictures I took in November 2004 (while playing in the pit for a local production of West Side Story, hence the actor/musician photos). The theater is absolutely incredible, and they are now also showing movies on holidays and special occasions, but I haven’t yet been there for one myself. I’ll remedy that soon.

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Patsy on December 11, 2009 at 11:07 am

ChasSmith: THANK YOU for these incredible photos especially the ones taken from an orchestra pit perspective! There is no doubt that I will have to see this theatre next summer as it is a Warner! This one I see was designed by Thomas Lamb while the Warner near me in Erie PA was designed by Rapp & Rapp.

TLSLOEWS on August 31, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Excellent batch of photos ChasSmith, some of the best I have seen on Cinema Treasures, what a great looking theatre.

Patsy on September 1, 2010 at 6:42 am

This is one theatre that is on my must-see-to-do list!

Patsy on September 1, 2010 at 6:44 am

And after seeing the photos of this theatre it makes me want to move to Torrington CT. To have a theatre like this in one’s hometown would be a true cinema treasure!

RobbieG1966 on September 18, 2010 at 7:09 pm

I was lucky enough to have a friend’s wife (who at one time worked for this theater) give me a tour of it around 2003 when I beleive most renovations were done. The photo links while nice, do not do justice to the beauty of this theater when you are there in person!

I beleive the theater tried to contact as many of the original manufacturers of the equipment/fabrics/etc. as they could, and actually had a high level of success doing that. If I recall correctly, the rug in the lobby was reproduced from samples of the original rug by the company that originally manufactured it back in the 1930’s. The fabric covering the walls in the theater itself are made from crushed velvet dyed orange. The seats were very nice, and quite comfortable. The thing that stood out the most was the gold trim and the beautifully restored painted ceiling in the theater. Amazing. Even the lobby was gorgeously restored. Definitely a place to visit if you can, or go see a performance there.

MPol on August 20, 2011 at 11:49 pm

What a fabulous-looking theatre! All the best of luck to the people in Torrington, CT. Every town and community deserves at least one handsome movie theatre like the Warner!

Patsy on August 21, 2011 at 3:06 am

Yes, every community deserves at least one handsome movie theatre though they all can’t be like this Warner. Erie PA has their never-closed Warner and is a must-see!

Patsy on April 8, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Hope to see this Warner in person this summer!

Chris1982 on August 2, 2015 at 3:17 am

Added to the National Register of Historic places. National Register information Status Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on February 16, 1984 Reference number 84001098 Architectural styles Modern Movement: Art Deco; Other architectural type; Modernistic Areas of significance Entertainment/Recreation; Architecture; Performing Arts Level of significance State Evaluation criteria A – Event; C – Design/Construction Property type Building Historic functions Theater; Business Current functions Theater; Business Period of significance 1925-1949 Significant year 1931

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