Burns Theater

138 Main Street,
Newport, VT 05855

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monahanks
monahanks on February 12, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Sorry for the late response – I just found this website. Update on the “baby raffle”. As we (Lloyd’s grandchildren) can recall: It was a ploy to drum up interest and get people into the theater. It caused outrage as it should have but the mayor if we remember correctly was in on it and in fact he participated in the big reveal. When the winner came up on stage instead of handing over baby (name withheld) who had been shown earlier instead they brought out a swaddling which was in fact a baby pig and gave that to the winner.

LouRugani
LouRugani on January 2, 2013 at 1:45 am

In these 1957 photos, the BURNS name seems to have been painted out.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 1, 2011 at 7:44 pm

There is a “New Burns Theatre” listed under Newport VT as part of Graphic Theatres Circuit of Boston in the 1942-43 Motion Picture Almanac. RE: the “baby giveaway” at the Burns, mentioned above. Yes, times were different in those days. Things were done that seem shocking today. Now, of course, the State would get involved in a situation like that.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on February 1, 2011 at 7:30 pm

what Strange Article,monika,Times were different.

ThePhotoplayer
ThePhotoplayer on February 1, 2011 at 7:23 pm

Demolished, now the site of a “Landing Clothing Co.” store.

monika
monika on September 30, 2009 at 6:06 am

I found this very strange newspaper article regarding a baby raffle at the Burns:

Its said to be found in the Caledonian-Record newspaper
on February 14, 1939

Description: BABY GIVEAWAY

NEWPORT, VT.

Baby Girl To Be Given Away At Theater.
A real live baby girl will be given away from the stage of the Burns Theater
in Newport Wednesday night, manager Lloyd Heldman of the theater announced
last night. The person to be given a chance to adopt the baby will be selected
from the Wednesday evening audience, Mr. Heldman said. He told the story of the
finding of the baby from the stage of the theatre last night. He said that he had been
attracted by a knock on the rear door of his home Sunday night. Mrs.Heldman went
to the door, he said, and found the baby on the doorstep. Attempts to trace the parents
or the person who dropped the living package on his doorstep have been unavailing,
he said. Mr. Heldman offered to award the baby for a trail to the drawer of the lucky
number Wednesday night on the condition that she might be adopted at the end of the
trial period. The manager described the girl as being “ in perfect physical condition,
about 12 weeks old, and having a pink complexion.”

There is a box ad next to this article:

BURNS, A Live Baby Girl Given To Holder Of Lucky Ticket Wed. Eve.
If you are not prepared to take this baby into your home when your number
is called, do not respond. Additional numbers will be drawn until someone
voluntarily accepts this cute little orphan.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 23, 2008 at 1:06 am

About the middle of this article it mentions that the theater was named after Frank Burns, the former mayor of Newport:
http://www.tomifobia.com/burns.html

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 26, 2008 at 2:25 am

The Burns was part of the Graphic Theater circuit in the early sixties. Here is a 1940 program that is currently for sale on eBay:
http://tinyurl.com/23xjkr

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on September 10, 2004 at 9:10 pm

The 1957 Film Daily Year Book reports 750 seats and an address of Main Street, with no specific building number.