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Susancharbonneau commented about Empire Theater on Aug 7, 2008 at 7:11 pm


I so appreciate all of your help. I live in Southern California, so I’ve been doing my research online. I still have cousins in New England and they are looking through family pictures to see what they can find.

The Concord is located in Concord; 18 South Main Street. It’s still there, but apparently it’s quite run down.

Your offer to gl “mucking” around at the Historical Society is very generous and I would love to take you up on it. Anything you can find would be most appreciated. If you would like to contact me directly, my email is:

Thank you!

Susancharbonneau commented about Empire Theater on Aug 7, 2008 at 6:53 pm


Great! I’ve searched and searched for pictures of the Empire. Thank you so much for this. My grandfather, Edward Charbonneau, owned an interest in five theaters in Concord and Manchester: The Eagle, Empire, Star, Strand and the Palace. He also bought, and owned outright, the Concord, which he bought in 1933 or 1934 and owned until until he retired which, I think was in 1947 or perhaps a bit later.

I am still looking for pictures of the Eagle (I can’t find any information on that one) and old pictures of the Concord (I only have recent ones).

Thank you for responding to my post and for the great picture!

Susancharbonneau commented about Empire Theater on Aug 7, 2008 at 5:15 pm

Does anyone have a picture of the Empire, either while it was a theater or even a more recent photo?

Susancharbonneau commented about Star Theater on Aug 5, 2008 at 6:26 pm

Does anyone know when the Star was built? Also, I have the theater on Pleasant Street; others say it is on Main. Is there a way I can confirm the address?

Susancharbonneau commented about Strand Theater on Aug 4, 2008 at 7:16 pm

I have two listings for the Strand: One is in Dover, NH on Third Street, old but still in operation, and one is in Berlin, NH now a bowling alley. Does anyone have any information on the theater in Dover?

Susancharbonneau commented about Concord Theatre on Nov 8, 2007 at 12:27 pm

Jim Kenison

My grandfather, Edward Charbonneau, owned the Concord Theater from about 1934 through, probably, the 1940s. My father, Hector “Pete” Charbonneau worked there. In fact, it’s where he met my mother, introduced to him by his twin sisters, Pauline and Jacqueline. My uncle Marcel may also have worked at the theater, but I never heard any stories about that.

Susan Charbonneau
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