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Loomer's is almost goneThe Loomer Opera House (center of photo) is being razed. Only the first floor remains. It was built in 1860 and razed in 1939. The building was sold by Loomer's estate to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology so that the architectural and structural styles of the period could be studied.
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1890 Main Street, WillimanticThis picture of Main Street, Willimantic was taken in 1890 and shows the towering Loomer Opera House in the center of the picture, and the old Brainerd Hotel on the corner of Church Street. Built in 1850, this was Willimantic's first hotel, built to take advantage of the increased visitation to the town provided by the arrival of the New London Northern Railroad in 1849. It was demolished in 1892 and replaced by the Murray Block.
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Pic of the Week - December 27, 2012Pic of the Week - December 27, 2012 This week’s photo was taken inside the Loomer's Opera House. It would be wonderful if someone could identify the event as well. Share your thoughts on our Forum or e-mail us - “”
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KofC Boys' BandPictured are members of the Knights of Columbus Boy’s Band. The band later became known as the Willimantic Cadets and was led by local legendary bandmaster Charles Wheeler. The photo was taken in front of the Loomer Opera House.
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Chesbros BottlesSamuel Chesbro began operating a drugstore on the corner of North and Main Streets (Loomer's Opera House Block) in 1890. Before that, he had been a clerk for Doctor Fred Rogers and an apprentice for Druggist William Fuller. As part of the business, the Chesbro brothers (Samuel was a partner in a drug manufacturing business with his brother Ernest, a town selectman) manufactured "specialty drugs" such as "corn cures". In 1917 the business was sold to Bay State Drug Store. (Photo courtesy of Stan)
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Alert Hose Company's 1908 minstrel.The members of the Alert Hose Company are performing in a minstrel show held at the Loomer Opera House in March, 1908. All performers were members of the Company. A newspaper article says that, “the audience was large and appreciative “. One of the songs sung by all the performers was, “When Our Firemen Meet Their Foe”.
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Helmold's OrchestraAfter the breakup of the old Opera House Orchestra, a new orchestra was organized in 1900 by C.C. Helmold to play at Loomer’s Opera House and it played there until 1917
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Trolley on Main StreetPic of the Week - January 3, 2013 This week's photo shows one of the Willimantic Traction Company's streetcars in front of the "Fuller Block", and the Barbier-Lamoureux clothing store on Main Street. In the background is the Loomer Opera House. Next week we will resume our more challenging pictures to see who can identify them.
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Recent sketch of the Loomer Opera HouseContributed by artist Nick Khan
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Helmold's Orchestra Helmold’s Orchestra was formed in 1900. After the breakup of the old Opera House Orchestra, the new orchestra was organized by C.C. Helmold to play at Loomer’s Opera House and it played there and at many other venues until 1917.
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Main St. - 1937This view was taken in 1937 from Lincoln Square looking west down Main Street. Note how the Loomer Opera House on the north side dominates the streetscape. Also note the historic Hurley-Grant building on the left, foolishly demolished in 1976.
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Loomer Opera House The Loomer Block dominated Main St. for several decades. The Loomer Opera House was considered to be the finest theater between Hartford and Providence. It seated 1,200 people in lush surroundings. Many famous vaudeville acts played there, including Buffalo Bill Cody, Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel. Lumber magnate Silas Loomer built it in 1879. Movies were shown there in the 1920s, but it could not compete with the Capitol Cinema. The Opera House was demolished in 1940 and replaced by a new Woolworth's store.The block also housed several other businesses including a pharmacy and a pool hall.
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Main St. The south side of Main Street is pictured in this 1937 photograph. The Union Shoe store can be seen on the right in the Murray Block. Going up Main is the A & P grocery, the Wilson Drug Company, Bill's No. 7 Restaurant, the First National store in the old Shea Block and the Bay State Drug Company in the Loomer Opera House Block
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Main St. app. 1910This is a circa 1910 view of Main Street, Willimantic, looking westward. Note the trolley tracks in the middle of the road. This proves the photograph was taken after 1903, the year the tracks were laid. On the left is an automobile, but note the numerous horse drawn vehicles. This was also the period Main was graced with elm trees. They perished in the 1920s because of Dutch Elm Disease. Above the automobile is an ad for a vaudeville troupe appearing at the Loomer Opera House. Also note the telegraph and telephone poles.
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Main Street in the 1920sA view of Willimantic's Main Street in the 1920s. The Loomer Opera House can be seen on the left, and Lincoln Square is in the distance.
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The Loomer Opera House Billiard Room Pic of the Week - March 21, 2013. This was the “Opera House Billiard Room”. It was located on the North Street side of Loomer’s Opera House. The Loomer Opera House building, on the northwest corner of North and Main Streets, was razed in 1939 after being in Willimantic for almost 80 years. (Photo courtesy of Stan)
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