The Park Theatre, Jaffrey, NH

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The Park Theatre building is an historically significant 19th century wooden frame structure in the center of downtown Jaffrey, New Hampshire.  In 1922, Romulo Vanni, an Italian immigrant to the town, raised his house up to sit atop his produce and dry goods store.  He then built a lobby entrance under it to provide entry into his adjoining barn which he converted into a movie theatre.  He projected the movies through windows cut into his kitchen pantry on the 1st floor of his house.  By 1935, the movies were so popular that he expanded the barn to the edge of his property to accommodate 720 seats.  He showed two movies a night with a Sunday matinee and vaudeville shows.  The lines to get in went around the block.... Read More


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