Harte Theatre

481 Main Street,
Bennington, VT 05201

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Greg_Faris on February 4, 2018 at 6:37 pm

I worked there as a projectionist in the 1970s. I believe Ken is right – the theater actually burned down twice. We used to joke that this was Bennington’s form of urban renewal.

peanut on August 23, 2007 at 2:12 pm

Ken, the building that burned in 1959 was on the north side of Main Street, just east of the intersection with North Street; it was also known as the Opera Block.

kencmcintyre on May 23, 2007 at 6:22 pm

The Bennington Evening Banner reported on 2/10/59 that the entire Harte Theater block had been leveled in a fire the night before. I assume the theater was rebuilt after that conflagration.

kencmcintyre on November 10, 2006 at 2:40 pm

Here is an article from a local paper on 7/19/61 re the conversion from theater to films:

“Bennington is going to have a movie theater”, John R. Harte,
attorney for Harte Realty Corp. announced yesterday. Projected
opening date is after Labor Day.
Harte said the Harte Theater at 481 Main St. has been leased to
Lloyd H. Bridgham of Dover, N.H., a theater-chain owner and operator who has theaters in the Vermont cities of Rutland and Barre.

Two weeks ago Bridgham stored 250 movie theater chairs inside the Harte Thealer in anticipation of completing negotiations with Harte.
“We are going to completely modernize the theater,” Harte said. He described renovating and refurbishing the theater as “a joint venture.”

Harte said he was happy to announce signing of the lease agreement and said it was a result of “the insistence of the public. We are going into this with our fingers crossed since we are opening a theater when people are still closing movie houses all around the country,” Harle said. Bridgham, as leasee of the theater, will have complete control, Harte said, “from the marquee straight on through."
"I am sure he desires to make every effort to supply people with
first-class entertainment,” Harte added.

Harte said his efforts to secure a lease for the theater were influenced “by an honest attempt to provide a place for young people
to have an entertainment outlet”. Picking up the current slogan
of movies, Harte added, “after all, TV leaves a lot to be desired.”

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 19, 2006 at 7:35 am

The Harte Theatre opened in 1915 and was built for Drama,vaudeville and movies. It was re-modeled in the 1950’s