Flynn Centre for the Performing Arts
Floodlights danced across the sky above Burlington to herald the arrival of Vermont's newest and largest 'entertainment palace' on Wednesday, November 26, 1930. By 7 pm on the night before Thanksgiving, a long line of people waited for the new Flynn Theatre to open its doors, thankful for the arrival of a magnificent, state-of-the-art facility in which to enjoy both touring stars of vaudeville and the increasingly popular 'talkie' motion pictures. (Movies—the 'silents'—had been around for a quarter of a century, but the 'talkies' were barely four years old.) Holding special golden tickets and leafing through a beautifully printed opening night program guide, Vermont Governor John Weeks and Burlington Mayor J. Holmes Jackson were among the dignitaries who addressed the opening-night crowd and enjoyed a Wurlitzer organ recital by local musical legend Art Brown. The evening also featured the screening of three adventure and comedy shorts and the full-length feature film, the comedy Big Money, starring Eddie Guillen, Robert Austin, and James Gleason. Following the show, invited guests of the new theatre’s founders retired a few doors down Main Street to the Park Café to continue the celebration over a banquet of turkey with all the fixings. The Flynn Theatre—destined to become Vermont’s foremost film palace and center for the performing arts—was born.
153 Main Street
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