Thomaston Opera House

158 Main Street,
Thomaston, CT 06787

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Designed by architect Robert Hill, the Thomaston Opera House is on the top two floors of the town hall.

The theater was used as a movie house (as the Paramount Theater) during the 1930’s and was last used for live theater as well as community events such as a Christmas show during Light Up Thomaston each November.

Closed and reopened a few times over the past century-plus, it is now an integral part of the community. It was closed in December 2010, but reopened as a live concert venue in 2011.

Contributed by Roger Katz

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 23, 2004 at 5:57 pm

The Opera House is going to get a complete renovation over every square inch of the facility during the next few years that could cost up to $3 million. Its official website is http://www.thomastonoperahouse.org/

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on September 9, 2005 at 8:15 am

What a place! I was biking through Thomaston at 9pm Wednesday and it’s fortunate that there was a town hall meeting going on as well as a rehearsal at the Opera House for the current performance of Grease! The technical director told me some stuff and said I could tour around upstairs in the balcony and backstage. The interior was nice and on the trim upstairs it looked like white paint splotches were on the walls when it was excavation and faded paint. The ceiling is simple, yet impressive and there are 5 chandeliers on the ceiling. Some paneling is in place of the original artwork. The balcony railing is I believe, wrought iron but in a fancy style, like twisted black ivy. When you enter the theater, it’s from stage right, next to the stage. The man said it sat 520- 300 downstairs and 220 upstairs. Some seats upstairs had no plush seating, only hardwood. Downstairs was plush. Of note: It was used as a movie theater and a dance hall and the floor does curve towards the stage, BUT the stage curves from the back to the front on a downwards slant towards the audience! Some European style, the director said. The year “1884” was above the proscenium. It’s in remarkable condition. The long windows are adorned with long, fitted lavender drapes.

There are two organs. The one in the auditorium is to the left of the stage and I don’t remember the name of the company on it, but it was something like Murr and Cotton? from Warsaw, NY on the tag. Correct me if I’m wrong. The back was open and you could see inside.
The entrance to the town hall had a very small organ at the entranceway by the ticketbooth. The name was something like, C. Bollinger and Company, New Haven, CT. Truly an amazing gem.

teecee
teecee on September 9, 2005 at 8:52 am

Marr & Colton is the organ manufacturer. I don’t have any record of an organ installed in this theater. Perhaps it was moved in from elsewhere.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on September 19, 2005 at 2:33 pm

It was moved from somewhere else. I’ll ask the Opera House’s director next time I see him where it came from.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on September 30, 2005 at 3:43 pm

It is a 3/15 Marr & Colton organ. It was originally installed at the Palace Theatre in Danbury, but was removed in 1967. It was installed in the Opera House in 1971. The organ’s history can be seen at http://theatreorgans.com/cvtos/#organs

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on April 30, 2008 at 7:29 pm

The latest issue of Theatre Historical Society’s MARQUEE MAGAZINE features a photo and short bio of this theater in a travel feature spotlighting the Berkshires.

Go to www.historictheatres.org to join THS or order back issues.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on May 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Status should be changed to closed as it went dark on December 31, 2010.

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on November 27, 2011 at 10:16 am

Status should be changed to OPEN. A group called Landmark Community Theatre has reopened the Opera House. I wish them much success and look forward to attending the acoustic Hot Tuna show on 2/23/12.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 13, 2013 at 6:25 am

The demolition of the projection booth that was installed in 1930 has begun and will take about a week. This should uncover a giant eagle on the back wall that has been hidden for over 80 years.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 13, 2013 at 6:26 am

By the way, the function says concerts but it should be live theatre.

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