30 Center Street,
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This beautiful downtown vaudeville playhouse built in 1913-14, originally seating 1,000 has been almost completely restored.
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 theater as part of the Paramount New England chain from the 1930’s thru the late-1970’s, when it ultimately closed and 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 theater 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.
It was sold and converted to the Paramount Theatre when the New England Paramount chain bought the theatre to add to the growing circuit in 1931.
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