Scenic Theatre

North Main Street,
Central Square,
Rochester, NH 03867

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Scenic Theatre

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The Scenic Theatre was located on North Main Street at Central Square in Rochester and was opened in 1912. In 1945, according to that year’s Film Daily Yearbook, it was open and seated 600. In 1950, the seating capacity was given as 975.

In June 2007, plans were proposed to convert the building into an entertainment center.

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crownx
crownx on September 9, 2005 at 5:26 pm

I believe Interstate Theaters out of Boston operated the Scenic for many years. in the 50's60’s & 70’s.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 15, 2008 at 7:02 pm

The Scenic is listed in the 1942-43 edition of the Motion Picture Almanac as part of the Interstate Theatre Corp. of Boston. Interstate also ran the Colonial (a.k.a. State) Theatre in Rochester.

tallboyyyy
tallboyyyy on September 19, 2008 at 6:13 pm

It appears as though the Scenic may be rising from the dust. See the news story here View link

tallboyyyy
tallboyyyy on September 19, 2008 at 6:36 pm

here is a 1940’s postcard pic. View link

tallboyyyy
tallboyyyy on September 27, 2008 at 5:54 pm

Here’s a more current news story from Thursday September 25, 2008 discussing the plans for the future as well as an interview with previous and current owners of the theater. View link

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 12, 2015 at 5:39 am

2008 article with a photo that will enlarge. Copy and paste to view.

http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=%2F20080904%2FGJNEWS04%2F709049686

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 12, 2015 at 5:41 am

CinemaTour link with small photo.

http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/8201.html

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on May 12, 2015 at 5:43 am

More vintage pics.

http://www.timepassagesnostalgia.com/&pm=0&searchkeywords=Celebrity&sin=6770

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 6, 2015 at 8:52 pm

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Scenic; it’s Card # 511. Address is North Main St. There is an exterior photo dated March 1941. Condition is Good. It says it was opened about 1915, and shows MGM movies. 677 seats on the main floor and 280 balcony, total 957. Competint theater is the Colonial. 1940 population 12,500.

robboehm
robboehm on June 7, 2015 at 1:59 am

Uploaded photo of Scenic showing The Ten Commandments on the marquee.

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