Bushnell Memorial Theatre

166 Capitol Avenue,
Hartford, CT 06106

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Bushnell Memorial Theatre

The Bushnell Memorial Theatres opened January 13, 1930. Although primarily a venue for concerts, opera, ballet, and touring Broadway productions, it has also been used over the decades as a motion-picture theatre. In 1937 Frank Capra’s “Lost Horizon” received its premiere here followed by a regular run in the same house. Other films were shown here, much in the same way they were shown at Symphony Hall in Boston. A feature of the auditorium is its ceiling, a huge (largest in the USA) painted mural named ‘Drama’ which is the work of artist Barry Faulkner. The Bushnell Memorial Theatre is equipped with an Austin 4 manual theatre organ which has 112 speaking stops and 8,000 pipes.

Contributed by Gerald DeLuca

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 19, 2018 at 7:23 pm

The Art Deco style Bushnell Memorial Theatre opened on January 13, 1930, and was designed by the New York architectural firm of Corbett, Harrison, & MacMurray, one of the three associated firms that designed Rockefeller Center (Harvey Wiley Corbett and Wallace Kirkman Harrison. I’ve been unable to find MacMurray’s given names.)

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