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Then & Now: See old Concord Theatre transform into Bank of NH Stage

Published: 7/8/2019 2:49:49 PM

1933: The old Concord Theatre, which formerly held the Norris Baking Company, holds its opening day. In its heyday, the theater could hold 499 people and had a 30-foot screen. Run by the Cantin sisters, it closed in 1994.

1998: Arthur Aznive buys the theater.

Early 2017: The Capitol Center for the Arts unveils its plans to turn the theater, neglected for decades, into a concert venue for younger audiences or some of its smaller shows. Concord real estate developer Steve   Duprey is announced as a major partner in the project.

Late 2017:Duprey buys the Concord Theatre in order to take advantage of new market tax credit rules. It is agreed that the Cap Center will eventually buy the building back from Duprey.

Aug. 2018: Work on the Concord Theatre begins shortly after the Cap Center purchases the building from Duprey.


Sept. 2018: The Bank of New Hampshire is announced as a major donor to the project; in exchange, the building will be named the Bank of New Hampshire Stage.

June 2019: The Bank of New Hampshire Stage opens during the annual Market Days festival. It can fit 400 standing people or 260 seated when retractable seats are pulled out. It features an upstairs bar.

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