Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
153 Main Street,
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The Flynn Theatre was built in 1930 by businessman John J. Flynn. The Flynn was designed for the live performances of vaudeville. With the rise of the motion picture industry, the Flynn shifted and operated successfully as a movie theatre for almost fifty years until its own decline as multiplex movie theatres began to rise and take hold in the 1970’s. It was “rediscovered” by the Lyric Theatre group in 1981.
In the late 1990’s and early 2000 the Flynn underwent successful capital campaigns that stabilized the theatre, and readied it for upcoming restoration and expansion. Restored to its original Art Deco style interior, the Flynn Center now houses MainStage (the original Flynn Theatre), FlynnSpace (a smaller, intimate performing arts theatre).
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