Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

153 Main Street,
Burlington, VT 05401

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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).

Contributed by TC, Ron Newman

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UnknownCinemaDude
UnknownCinemaDude on June 4, 2009 at 10:11 pm

another close-up shot of the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts photo can be seen here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rixpix1/224698164/

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 22, 2010 at 2:16 am

I think this the FLYNN THEATRE that Exhibitor MERRILL JARVIS bought in 1972 for $150.000.He sold it in 1981.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on July 22, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Very nice marquee.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 22, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Tlsloews,if you get a chance go to my page and look up VINTAGE THEATRE ADS,this guy has got some great old ads to look at many of the movies we played in the 70’s.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 22, 2010 at 11:54 pm

You will enjoy his work.Wish i had the equipment to do something like that,cause I have the Theatre stuff.What Robin and Nick put on is a very small selection.I wrote Nick Twice and haven’t heard a word.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on September 20, 2010 at 3:07 am

1980 picture.Peter Sellers last movie.That is a keeper. I found out the FLYNN THEATRE was operated by MAINE and NEW HAMPSHIRE THEATRES Company in 1956.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on June 15, 2012 at 1:22 pm

I found a reference that the 1925 Wurlitzer organ (opus 1200, Style H sp) originally installed at the Majestic Theatre, Burlington VT was moved to the Flynn. The organ supposedly later moved to an unnamed convent in Burlington. Anyone else have details to add to this story?

cmastersin
cmastersin on January 28, 2013 at 11:32 pm

I know of a complete Wurlitzer 3 manual nine rank organ that is available if the Flynn is interested. The owner is very old and needs to get it moved as soon as possible.He grew old before he could complete his project. It is not assembled and would be a wonderful addition to the theater. It was originally sized for a 900 seat house so the unit could be compatible. the entire history of the unit is available. You must come to Virginia to move it.

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