Auditorium Theatre

81 Maple Street,
Barton, VT 05860

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The Auditorium Theatre Inside Orleans Municipal Bldg VT

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The Auditorium was the local movie theatre in Barton/Orleans, a town in northern Vermont. It occupied a municipal building. Further information welcomed.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 11, 2007 at 11:50 am

The Auditorium was included in the MGM Theatre Photograph and Report project. There is an exterior photo dated May 1941. The cinema was located in a brick building with a stately facade about 4 stories high. Near the top is engraved “Orleans Municipal Building”. There is a center entrance with a double door. There is no marquee but there are large portable poster boards on either side of the entrance. There are 4 pilasters across the facade and a big cornice above. The Report states that the Auditorium is on Main Street, that it has been showing MGM films “for 20 years” , but then says that it opened in 1933, 8 years earlier. (typical of the mistakes found in these reports). It says that it is in Good condition, and has 500 seats, all on one floor. There are no competing theatres, and the 1940 population of Orleans is 1,300. Although “Vermont” is typed under “State” on the Report, it was for some reason filed alphabetically by town with the Reports for Massachusetts, so at first I thought it referred to Orleans MA on Cape Cod. It’s a good example of a 1940-era American rural movie theatre.

postcardguy
postcardguy on March 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm

Just added a nice 1940s era Real Photo postcard view of the Orleans Municipal building that housed the Auditorium Theater…hope you enjoy it! Kevin postcardguy.com

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm

The Real Photo postcard is definitely the same building which was pictured in the 1941 MGM Report, but a much better photo.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 10, 2014 at 8:51 pm

The Auditorium is still there as you can see at http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/22965.html but I have not been able to find if it is still used.

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