Magnet Theatre

N. Main Street and Pearl Street,
Barre, VT 05641

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Previously operated by: M & P Theaters, Paramount Pictures Inc.

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Magnet Theatre

The Magnet Theatre was opened on April 1, 1921 with Mildred Harris Chaplin in “Polly of the Storm Country”. By 1941 it was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Mullins & Pinanski.

It was closed on September 1, 1956 with Rory Calhoun in “Raw Edge” & Tom Tully in “Behind the High Wall”.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 27, 2015 at 12:41 pm

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Magnet, it’s Card # 567. Address is North Main St. There is an exterior photo dated April 1941. The condition is Fair. Report says that it is over 15 years old, and is showing MGM films. There were 575 orchestra seats and 282 balcony, total: 857 seats. Other theaters were the Paramount and the Opera House, but no report was filled out for the latter.

davidcoppock on December 25, 2017 at 8:36 am

Were many people attracted to this theatre building?

50sSNIPES on July 12, 2023 at 4:02 pm

The Magnet Theatre opened its doors on April 1, 1921 with Mildred Harris Chaplin in “Polly Of The Storm Country” along with a comedy reel and a Kinogram. The Magnet name was named after Barre native Milton Bradley (the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bradley) of 5 King Street who won $50 in a local theater-naming contest a day prior.

The Magnet was last operated by the Brigham Theatres chain led by manager Dave Higgins, and the theater closed for the final time on September 1, 1956 with “Raw Edge” and “Behind The High Wall” with no extra short subjects.

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