30 Center Street,
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This beautiful downtown vaudeville playhouse built in 1913-14, originally seating 1,000, the Playhouse was opened on January 15, 1915.
Originally, the town of Rutland sat on the rail line connecting Boston and Montreal, and was a benefactor from the top name talent that would stop to play this house while making the trip.
When built, this venue was said to have been one of the finest in the country.
It was used as a movie theatre as part of the Paramount New England chain from June 29, 1931. On August 9, 1972 it became The Movies which closed in 1981. The building fell into disrepair, until a community grass-roots campaign spent 10 years during the 1990’s raising the funds to buy the building and restore it to opening day splendor.
The restored building initially had no projection equipment and was exclusively used for live performances.
The theatre had many innovations for the day. Interestingly, the theatre was essentially considered fireproof, including the original Dubarry rose tapestry that covered the sidewalls. (The tapestry fabric has been remade for the renovation by a New York company, matched to original.) The building also had automatic sprinklers installed as an original feature.
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