Champlain Theatre

3 Canada Street,
Swanton, VT 05488

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The former Champlain Theatre on Canada Street in Swanton today houses a fitness center and retail store. Any further information about the Champlain would be appreciated.

Contributed by Bryan Krefft

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shoeshoe14 on July 22, 2008 at 4:36 pm

I was on a cycling trip here last week. The former theatre is in the very small and sleepy town of Swanton, not too far from Canada and Lake Champlain. There’s retail on the bottom left, 2 vacancies and upstairs apartments. The theatre auditorium is in the middle but there’s another building on the left corner, not attached to the auditorium but to the front stores and in the same color.

shoeshoe14 on July 22, 2008 at 4:37 pm

Oops. Dark red brick in front, red painted wood and red painted siding in back.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 25, 2014 at 5:00 pm

A 1917 photo of the Champlain Theatre in Swanton appears in the Summer, 2003, issue of Northeast Historic Film’s newsletter, Moving Image Review:

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 5, 2015 at 2:52 pm

The Theatre Historical Society on-line archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Champlain Th., it’s Card # 595. Address is 3 Canada St. There is an exterior photo taken April 1941. Condition is Fair. The report says that it opened in 1925 and is showing MGM product. There were 382 main floor seats and 108 balcony, total 490, but a note was added: “475 total” seats. The 1940 population was 3,500.

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