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In order to offer entertainment to the patients at the asylum, the planners of Norwich State Hospital built this elaborate theatre, with a stage for performances and, later, movies. There was an organ to accompany silent films, and a full projection booth - from which this photograph was taken. On the floor below was a rollerskating rink. Sadly, a few years back, this building was demolished - along with the power plant and two of the most historic buildings on the campus - for little apparent reason. Currently, nothing has been done with the space that millions of dollars were spent clearing these buildings off of.Print available here.
by Ian Ference  (ianference.tumblr.com)

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In order to offer entertainment to the patients at the asylum, the planners of Norwich State Hospital built this elaborate theatre, with a stage for performances and, later, movies. There was an organ to accompany silent films, and a full projection booth - from which this photograph was taken. On the floor below was a rollerskating rink. Sadly, a few years back, this building was demolished - along with the power plant and two of the most historic buildings on the campus - for little apparent reason. Currently, nothing has been done with the space that millions of dollars were spent clearing these buildings off of.

Print available here.