WILTON – From silent films of days gone by to Hollywood blockbusters, Wilton Town Hall Theatre has been showing them all for the last 100 years.
As the end of 2012 approaches, owner Dennis Markaverich is quietly celebrating the theatre’s 100th anniversary by continuing to bring happiness and a sense of old-time entertainment to the big screen.
The Wilton Town Hall Theatre occupies the second and third floors of Wilton Town Hall, a space Markaverich rents from the town. He has one 312-seat theater and a smaller 68-seat theater he added in 1988.
From the heavy wood millwork to the rich velvet curtains that part to reveal the screens, the theater is a throwback to a time before multiplexes and digital equipment – a time when Markaverich himself fell in love with the movies.
“I’ve always loved good old movies and the grandeur of the old movie palaces,” said Markaverich. “I loved watching the projectors and seeing the velvet curtains open. I used to just go by myself when I was in high school so I could see the good movies.”
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Thanks to THS member Jonathan Boschen for sending us this story.