Phenix Hall

40 North Main St,
Concord, NH

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You would never even know this place was a 500-seat monster, but there is a sign high up on the brick building "Phenix Hall" and the walking tour of downtown Concord NH lists it as:

"Phenix Hall replaced "Old" Phenix Hall, which burned in 1893. Both the old and new buildings featured auditoriums on the top story used for political speeches, lectures, theater productions, boxing and wrestling matches, agricultural fairs, and firemen’s dances.

The existing 500-seat theater has a stage that rolls out into the audience. Abraham Lincoln spoke at the old building in 1860; Theodore Roosevelt spoke at the new building in 1912.

I know this is a "Cinema" Treasures website, but any old room with 500 seats and used from time to time as a movie theater counts for me!

(Editors note: it counts for us too!)

Contributed by John Elwood

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on November 12, 2004 at 3:45 pm

I wondered about the history of this place as I walked by it a couple of days ago on the way to the Capitol Center for the Arts. The Phenix is right near the former Capitol Theatre. Are there any photos available of the interior of the Phenix? I took one of the outside.

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