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In its early years, the City Theatre was the leading theatre in Brockton. It was built as a roadshow house and opened on October 24, 1884. It was one of many theatres whose electrical system was designed by Thomas Edison himself. Edison and his galpal were guests at the opening night performance of “The Bohemian Girl”. An interesting feature was a huge chandelier up in the dome which could be made to slowly rotate as the audience filed in.
After 1900, vaudeville came to the City Theatre and with it came short movies. Later, feature movies were shown. The City Theatre was the Brockton venue for the famous “Birth of a Nation” movie. In the 1920’s it was a “vaude-filmer” and vaudeville performers included many who became stars of network radio and TV in the 1930’s, 1940’s and 1950’s.
The City Theatre seems to have declined after 1930- I don’t know if it was wired for sound films. I found a reference to it during Worlds War II but wonder if this reference really was to World War I. It was demolished in 1954.
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