Moosup Theatre

Railroad Street,
Plainfield, CT 06354

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Architects: Charles H. Ross

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Moosup Theatre

The Moosup Theatre was built on the site of the Moosup Hotel which had been destroyed by fire. It was designed by architect Charles H. Ross. It opened on October 18, 1934. It was still open in early 1957 when I used to drive through the area. By the 1970’s (perhaps earlier) it was gone.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 17, 2010 at 12:33 am

Wartime item in Boxoffice magazine, November 7, 1942, about raising money for Christmas packages to send to servicemen from the area:

“Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Hess of Moosup initiated the idea of sending every boy from Moosup, Central Village, Sterling and Oneco a Christmas package, and donated the Moosup Theatre for two nights. Some $450 was raised for the packages, and the well-known operators made columns in the local press.”

robboehm on April 3, 2021 at 7:27 pm

It was announced on March 1, 1934 that a new Moosup Picture House would be erected on the site of the old Moosup Hotel to replace the original which had burnt down on January 30th. The former hotel had, itself, succumbed to flames a few years before. The new, fireproof theatre, built of steel and brick, opened on October 18, 1934.

robboehm on April 3, 2021 at 8:21 pm

According to local history, Mrs. Hess was a mighty force of nature and ruled the patrons of the Moosup with an iron hand, even to the point of ejecting them for some infraction.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on November 16, 2021 at 2:28 pm

From Boxoffice, February 16, 1957: “The Moosup, Moosup, has a new policy of distributing a free gift to a lucky lady every Friday and Saturday night. The independent theatre has started a kitchenware giveaway on Monday nights.”

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