Danielson Cinema

Center Street,
Danielson, CT 06239

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From 1900 to 1921, the theater was the Danielson Playhouse. It changed to become the Orpheum Theatre. In 1954, the name changed to Danielson Cinema which it remained until a huge fire burned it to the ground in 1978.

Contributed by Bob Coppinger

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on March 14, 2004 at 6:00 pm

I only visited this theatre once, to see a showing of CABARET in the 1970’s. Recently, when driving through Danielson from Rhode Island, where I live, I looked for the theatre and wondered what had happened to it. Now I know. I remember it as place with some character.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on March 18, 2007 at 5:15 am

These first three old photos are of the Orpheum Theatre in the 1950s.

MARQUEE in 1952
AUDITORIUM
KILLINGLY COMMUNITY BAND – 1950

Uncertain if this is the Danielson/Orpheum. Taken in 1912.
OVERLAND WESTERNERS

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 25, 2010 at 4:34 am

Item in Boxoffice Magazine, September 18, 1967:

The Orpheum Cinema, Danielson, Conn., concluded a summer film festival for regional junior high school age students, sponsored by seven industrial firms. Admission was free. Programs were screened on seven consecutive Tuesday afternoons. Attractions included “El Cid.”

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 25, 2010 at 4:53 am

Item in Boxoffice magazine, November 13, 1948:

Henry Johnson, manager of Interstate’s Orpheum Theatre, Danielson, Conn., recently completed his 30th year as a motion picture exhibitor, and received many congratulatory messages from industry friends and townspeople. A well-known figure in civic affairs, Johnson started his business as manager of the Orpheum when the house was under the old S&A Amusement banner. When Interstate took over in 1928, he remained. His special interest is the chidren, all of whom call him Uncle Henry. He treats them to special kiddy shows and always has a kind word for them.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 25, 2010 at 4:56 am

Henry A. Johnson, former manager, dies. Item in Boxoffice magazine,, June 15, 1964:
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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 25, 2010 at 5:05 am

1928 reseating and redecorating.
Item from Boxoffice magazine files, October 6, 1928, republished October 8, 1938:
“The Orpheum at Danielson, Conn. has reopened after having been completely reseated and redecorated.”

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