Springfield Cinemas 3

26 Main Street,
Springfield, VT 05156

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 5, 2015 at 8:47 pm

Here are some additional links to photos of the Springfield Cinemas 3 and its predecessors:

Maclay Architects, designers of the rebuilding project after the 2008 fire, have this page featuring several photos of the neo-vintage decor of the entrance and lobby, and some photos of the reconfigured auditoriums (as the Springfield Theater, the house had only two screens.)

This page from Film-Tech Cinema Systems has several photos of the Springfield Theater as it looked around the time of the premier of The Simpsons Movie in 2007.

The web site of photographer William Lashua has four pages of photos of Springfield taken between 1940 and 1970 by his father, Bernie Lashua. Among them are several photos of this house as the Avon Theatre and later as the Ellis Theatre (you have to hunt them down among the thumbnails, but they aren’t too hard to find for a practiced eye.) The collection includes several interior shots. There are also a few photos showing the now-demolished Ideal Theatre. Access the collection from this web page.

I haven’t yet discovered the name under which this house operated prior to closing in 1931, but it might be found in a FDY from the period.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 5, 2015 at 7:48 pm

Linkrot repair: The photos of the Avon Theatre in Boxoffice of September 19, 1936, to which Gerald DeLuca linked earlier, can now be found at this link.

The article says that the theater that became the Avon had been closed since 1931, but doesn’t give the name under which it had operated previously. After extensive renovations it reopened as the Avon on August 14, 1936. Both the Avon and the nearby Ideal Theatre were operated by Joseph Mathieu.

The Cinema Data Project has a page for the Avon, but it doesn’t mention the theater’s earlier history or earlier name.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 5, 2015 at 2:16 pm

When the agent working on the theater report survey for MGM arrived in Springfield in May, 1941, he found two movie theatres: this one, then called the Avon; and a 520-seat house called the Ideal Theatre. He was supposed to take a photo and fill out a report for every theater he found, but he only did this for the Ideal and not for the Avon. He mentioned the Avon as a competing theater for the Ideal, but never reported it.

RGreenleaf on July 21, 2011 at 9:06 am

The non-recorded line is phone number 802-885-1009. The website with all the current postings is www.springfieldcinemas3.com

Please note there is a s on cinema.

Please feel free to stop by anytime.

We are continuing the construction prior to opening and every day brings us closer to a finished theater. (This week we anticipate the outside marque going up.) All 3 theaters are showing and Captain America is starting this Friday. I am personally looking forward to this one.

The large movie hall (the 3D theater) is an experience to have. The seating has been done to give a large amount of leg room (it may have reduced the number of seats slightly but the comfort is unmatched any where (and I’m a long time movie goer.

I encourage everyone to stop by and just say hi, we can show you around.

Have a great day.

The Manager

clioshere on July 20, 2011 at 2:06 pm

whats the phone number to this place cuz the original one doesnt work at all cuz was wondering what else it is playing in there

RGreenleaf on July 10, 2011 at 8:15 pm

GOOD NEWS GOOD NEWS The theater opens at 0000 hours on July 2011 for the first showing of Harry Potter. The cinema is back and is opening. The theater is back better then ever with a triple screen. Respectfully, The New Manager

HowardBHaas on July 6, 2011 at 2:23 pm

Link to story about an Art Deco relief discovered at this theater during renovation work: http://www.preservationnation.org/magazine/2011/july-august/leslie-fry.html

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Small images of the interior of the Avon can be seen in Boxoffice magazine, September 19, 1936. See ad on right side.
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CSWalczak on December 30, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Here is an update on the repairs to the theater. It will become a triplex: http://www.vpr.net/news_detail/86777/

spectrum on June 8, 2009 at 9:28 am

According to the article posted by Ken MC on February 24, repairs are scheduled to start in summer 2009.

kencmcintyre on February 24, 2009 at 6:40 pm

Springfield arsonist sentenced yesterday:

spectrum on September 25, 2008 at 3:01 pm

There was a fire on July 8-9 which caused extensive damage to the rooms above the lobby. According to their website they plan to repair the damage and re-open. Hopefuly this will not take too long. The website shows some fire photos.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 12, 2007 at 2:43 pm

Next thing you’ll tell me is that there’s no Santa Claus.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 12, 2007 at 1:31 pm

saps – there aren’t any fictional theatres, like the Aztec in the Simpsons cartoons, listed here in Cinema Treasures, only real theatres.

Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on September 11, 2007 at 3:11 pm

There is an Aztec Theater in the Simpson’s hometown of Springfield, but I couldn’t find a listing for it on Cinema Treasures. You can spot the theater in the Simpsons movie. I didn’t notice a Springfield Theater, though.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 22, 2007 at 1:10 pm

The theatre’s Manager/owner is Bryana Goodrich; their info phone is 802-885-2929, and website at www.springfieldmovietheater.com Did any CT members attend the premier yesterday ??