Bethel Theater

Main Street,
Bethel, VT 05032

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This was a wood frame theater on the main street of Bethel, Vermont. Behind the theater was the Cental Vermont Railroad freight house for the Bethel station.

Next to the south side of the theater was the site of Fort Fortitude, a historic site from the French and Indian Wars. Major Robert Rogers and his colonial Rangers, the antecedents of today’s Army Rangers and Special Forces, encamped here on their return from the famed raid into Canada on the French allied Indian camp which was staged to free the survivors of the Deerfield massacre. Rogers remained loyal to the Crown and fought against the Revolution of 1776.

The theater opened in the 1920’s and closed circa 1959. The drive-in theater outside of town on the road to Randolph lasted into the 70’s.

Contributed by J.F. Lundy
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