The original Parsons Theatre opened April 1, 1896 and ran to 1936 as a famous live house producing Hartford’s finest legit stage plays. Late 19th and early 20th century Hartford offered the public many theater and concert venues to choose from, but if one wanted to see the newest shows from New York, there was really one place to go: the Parsons Theatre on Prospect Street. Parsons Theatre was to turn-of-the-20th-century Hartford what the Bushnell is today. According to advertisements from the era, Parsons Theatre was “Strictly a First-Class Theatre in all its Appointments”.

Parsons Theater.

1920. Parsons Theater.

Parsons Theater.

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