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

Burlington

United States Of America - North America