LOST MANSFIELD # 16: THE JOHN BROWN HOUSE, STORRS.
This 18th century salt-box house stood where the Chang’s Garden restaurant is located today. The central chimney, clap-boarding, and 6 over 9 windows complete the typical features of this classic New England structure.
In 1963, Mansfield’s first movie house, the College Theatre, was constructed on the former site of the John Brown house. It officially opened on April 17, 1963. The opening ceremony featured performances by the University’s marching band and choir, with Sen. Thomas J. Dodd cutting the ribbon. The inaugural movie was “To Kill a Mocking Bird”, starring Gregory Peck. The popular movie theatre was later divided into two halves to enable the showing of two films simultaneously. In 1987, the vacant movie theater was gutted and then incorporated into the new Storrs Commons, a strip mall complex of stores and restaurants.
This series is made possible by a Capacity Building Grant from The Last Green Valley, Inc.