Barre Opera House
6 N. Main Street,
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The Barre is a great old theater in the continual process of being restored as funding allows.
Originally built in 1899, seating 1,000 patrons, the new building replaced the earlier Barre City Hall/Barre Opera House destroyed by fire in 1898, built on the same site.
At the time considered the finest in Vermont, the Opera House hosted major name acts and community events for 45 years, including hosting Helen Keller, two Presidents, and Tom Mix (and his horse).
During the 1930s and 40s, the Opera House functioned primarily as a movie theater, until more modern theaters in town forced the Opera House to close the doors in January, 1944.
It sat vacant for 40 years, until community support in the 1970s started a movement to restore the theatre. It reopened in 1982, and has been steadily working towards a complete restoration and renovation since (for a live theatre venue – not a movie house.)
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