Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures Highlights Torrington’s Warner Theatre

Release Date: 04/04/2013

HARTFORD, Conn. (April 4, 2013) Connecticut has an abundance of unique landmarks, nationally significant cultural resources and wonderful stories to tell. From historic landmarks and museums to parks and performing arts venues, the ConstitutionState is bursting with fascinating destinations and attractions.

Premiering on Thursday, April 11 at 8 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) with an encore broadcast on Sunday, April 14 at 10:55 p.m., this week’s edition of Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures features the WarnerTheatre in Torrington.

Since it opened in 1931 by Warner Brothers Studios as a movie palace, the WarnerTheatre has been the crown jewel theatre of northwest Connecticut. The theatre’s acclaimed architect Thomas Lamb described the design of the 1,722-seat main stage as “a relaxing atmosphere of compelling abandon.”

The Warner is home to a unique cultural organization that prides itself on its direct relationship with the community and providing an on-site center for arts education. The performances of the Warner Stage Company are first-rate every season. The theatre also offers specially designed classes for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Young Actor Series, Jazz, Hip Hop and even Zumba classes through the WarnerTheatreCenter for Arts Education.

The Warner Theatre is an architectural masterpiece of the region and will continue to carry on its legacy of enhancing the quality of community life for all ages.

Made possible by the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), the parent company of Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) and WNPR, and the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures is a series of 50 five-minute vignettes that profiles a variety of the state’s most notable cultural resources. These vignettes are designed to deepen an awareness and appreciation for Connecticut cultural resources for state residents, while also promoting the state’s tourism economy. 

The project strives to encourage Connecticut residents and visitors to look at the state more closely, in ways that go beyond the obvious star attractions – as important as those are. In addition to art museums, performing arts venues and historical museums, the series includes remarkable historic districts, nationally significant landmarks, historic parks, cemeteries and the Connecticut River.

Funding for the Warner Theatre edition of Connecticut's Cultural Treasures is provided by CPTV, the State of Connecticut, Melinda and Paul Sullivan, Apple Healthcare, Milone & MacBroom, Robert Crovo, Larry Hannafin and Sally Carr, Sara Hannafin, Lorraine Petricone, Nancy R. Wadhams, Frank Vanoni, Jay Youngling and People’s United Bank. 

About the Department of Economic and Community Development

The Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) is the lead state agency responsible for strengthening Connecticut’s competitive position in the new economy.  It does so by developing and implementing strategies to attract and retain businesses and jobs, preserving and promoting cultural and tourism assets, ensuring quality housing and revitalizing neighborhoods and communities.

About Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network

The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CBPN) includes CPTV and WNPR. CPTV, a media service of CPBN, is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. CPBN also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 260,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit cptv.org. 

 

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