Latchis Theatre

6 Flat Street,
Brattleboro, VT 05301

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Although the Latchis Theatre is now a four screen cinema, the original, Atmospheric style auditorium has remained fully intact. Two additional theaters have been constructed in areas once occupied by the Latchis building and hotel. The Latchis' foyer and lobby are also in good shape. In 2008, a fourth auditorium was opened in what had previously been retail space, and this is used for live performances and presentations.

As the theatre prepares for a restoration effort, its movies continue on. The Latchis building, which contains a hotel, retail space and of course the Latchis Theatre, is one of only two Art Deco style buildings in the entire state of Vermont.

The Latchis Theatre is also the last of more than a dozen Latchis movie houses which once operated throughout New England. This one originally opened in September 1938.

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aml
aml on June 29, 2009 at 9:12 am

Re: the Marquee and incorrect spelling of Theatre: The Latchis Theatre was always spelled ending “re” not “er”. When this marquee was ordered the sign printing company thought they were correcting a misspelling, and they changed it to Theater. A correct sign was never ordered and the wrong one remains. Be assured that any new Marquee will have the correct spelling.

spectrum
spectrum on November 27, 2010 at 8:15 am

Update (November 2010): The fourth screen (in the adjacent storefront space) is now showing movies on a daily basis. It is located in an adjacent storefront with access from the main lobby – off to the left after the concession stand. Nice clean modern design inside – full capacity listed as 112 seats. Movable padded chairs, nice screen. You’re actually facing towards the front of the building, the front part of the store space is walled off, it looks like eventually that will be a separate lobby once its renovated. A great addition to the complex!

The Building is a fairly extensive complex – one of only two art-deco style commercial buildings in the state of Vermont. It includes the LatchisHotel (renovated), a large bar (space (I believe currently vacant), a restaurant and retail spaces along the side as well as the four screens. The auditorium section is a much older building with newer portions built around it (hence the long lobby). You can shop, eat, have a drink, see a movie and sleep over all in the same building! I look forward to the restoration of the main auditorium and refurbishment of the seats in the main aud and the upstairs theatre.

spectrum
spectrum on March 26, 2011 at 6:22 pm

With the closing of the Kipling Cinemas on 3/27/11, the Lathis should start doing very good business, being the only cinemas left in town.

spectrum
spectrum on March 26, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Some more details:

Each auditorium has it’s own name:

1: Main Stage. Seating: 519 orchestra, 243 (usable) Balcony
2. Ballroom. (upstairs) Seating: 108
3. Jewel Box. (the former back orchestra) Seating: 130
4. Lathis 4. (in adjacent storefront) Seating: 100

The proscenium is 31 feet wide, the stage 26 feet high, the stage is 18 feet deep from plaster line (proscenium?) to the back wall. is 18 feet deep

spectrum
spectrum on April 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm

The Latchis is planning some renovations for summer of 2012. This will include replacing about 90% of the seats (and refurbishing the remaining 10%), restoring the ceiling of the main auditorium (and the signs of the Zodiac) and putting in new carpeting, and some removations to the walls in the Ballroom audotorium. This should be all done by the end of August.

davidhadlock
davidhadlock on September 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I will never forget going to the Latchis in my early teens with my best friend to see “The Sound of Music” when it first came out. It was a beautiful theatre, even back then.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 1, 2013 at 7:43 am

The Latchis Theatre is listed in the 1920 business directory at 6 Flat Street. 6 Flat Street is around the corer, but is still the same building. However, the description above says this theatre opened in 1938. Was the one in 1920 at 6 Flat Street a different theatre in the same spot? Was it located elsewhere in the same building?

spectrum
spectrum on June 20, 2013 at 9:27 am

I believe that the auditorium section of the building (completely remodeled in 1938) was the original Latchis, with a different lobby section extending out to Flat Street. When the Lathis Hotel was built in 1938 at the corner of Flat and Main Streets, they ran the lobby through the hotel building and demolished the old lobby. The auditorium building dates back to at least 1900, and was used as a factory before becoming the original Latchis. It looks very old and originally had windows along the sides (the brick frames for the windows are still there).

spectrum
spectrum on October 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Renovation update: The Latchis closed the main auditorium on August 1, 2013 to begin the renovations. They are virtually done and will reopen Saturday October 19, with documentarian Ken Burns presenting the latest episode of his multi-episode documentary on the Rooosevelts.

They are continuing their fundraising but have already raised all but 32,000 of the 550,000 cost of the project.

Renovations include a new Marquee, new seats, new carpeting, some mechanical and safety upgrades and other stuff.

When the auditorium re-opens there will be frequent concerts, film festivals, special appearances and other events in addition to first-run movies.

spectrum
spectrum on October 28, 2013 at 9:13 pm

The renovation is complete, and the theatre re-opened with a concert and then Gravity moved in to complete its run. I’ve put up 20+ photos in the gallery. A beautiful job! New seats, new carpeting, auditorium floor repainted, revamped lighting (the main square lights on the sidewalls are now multicolored.)

The atmospheric ceiling has been repainted midnight blue and the zodiac signs have been repainted a brilliant white (which glows faintly when the auditorium lights are out). No “stars” but maybe there will be some in a future renovation. What remains to do is restore the proscenium and sidewall Greek pediments, possibly some stage improvements and they’re pretty much done. Auditorium 2 was supposed to have been renovated too but I didn’t get to see it. I know all seats in 2 and 3 were replaced (aud 4 is all new, and the marquee was restored some time ago.)

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