Burr Opera House

Lackawanna Avenue,
Norwich, NY 13815

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Burr Opera House and surrounding buildings and park, circa 1905

Open by 1881, Burr’s (or Burr) Opera House was showing movies on a regular basis by 1910. The theater was destroyed in a huge fire on Sunday, Oct. 1, 1916, that claimed much of the surrounding downtown area.

Contributed by Adam Marsland

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adamghost on September 24, 2013 at 3:28 am

One significant bit of trvia I forgot to mention: the Victory supermarket chain got its start in this building, around 1901.

adamghost on July 1, 2020 at 1:12 am

There was another opera house in Norwich called Breese, and later Clark’s, Opera House. This building still stands. A website for the Clark Opera House (https://freethought-trail.org/trail-map/location:breese-opera-house/) misidentifies a picture of the Burr as being the Clark. It’s not known if the Clark also showed movies. It apparently was in operation at least up until 1902, based on notes I took in the ‘80s.

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