Strong Theatre

203 Main Street,
Burlington, VT 05401

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Strong Theatre

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The Strong Theatre opened in 1904, located on Main Street at Winooski Avenue. It was originally a legitimate theater seating about 1500 before it later was converted into a movie house. After a fire in 1970, the building was demolished, and the rubble from it was used to build a bike path.

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Don Lewis
Don Lewis on July 21, 2010 at 5:35 am

From the early 1900s a picture postcard view of the Strong Theatre in Burlington.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on September 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm

Here is an image of a poster advertising a film at the Strong in 1916 with a newspaper boy nearby.Poster

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 15, 2012 at 1:27 am

The University of Vermont library has four photos of the Strong Theatre, most of them showing the street sides of the building, like this one dated 1950, but there is one photo showing the other side, where the auditorium and stage tower were visible.

Quite a few sources note that the Strong Theatre opened on October 24, 1904. Most Internet sources I’ve seen say that the fire that destroyed it took place in 1970, but the caption of a photo on this page of the book Burlington Firefighting, by Liisa Reimann and James M. Woodmanthe, says that the fire took place in the early morning hours of Saturday, October 9, 1971.

An item in a 1933 issue of Motion Picture Herald, which I’ve only seen in a snippet view from Google Books, says that the Strong Theatre was being remodeled at a cost of $20,000. The architect for the project was Frank Lyman Austin, of Burlington.

CSWalczak on September 15, 2012 at 9:45 pm

A video about the fire that destroyed the Strong and State theaters as well as a cathedral and other buildings can be seen here.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 27, 2015 at 7:13 pm

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Strong Th., Card # 576. Address is Burlington Street. There is an exterior photo dated Feb. 5, 1941. Condition is Fair. The report says the Strong was opened in 1900, and that it’s not showing MGM films. It had 750 main floor seats, and 250 balcony.

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