Poster Riot: 32 Years of Performances at the Flynn

November 8, 2013 - January 4, 2014 

For 32 years, the Flynn Center has been home to countless artists, presenters, friends, and supporters of the performing arts. The exhibition includes show posters from the Flynn archives and plus posters from partner organizations including Lyric Theatre Company, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Vermont Stage Company, UVM Lane Series, Higher Ground, Burlington Discover Jazz Festival, and others. Come in and revisit your favorite memories of performances at the Flynn, with an opportunity to share them on video.

Restoration of the Flynn—a hallmark of Art Deco design and architecture—began in earnest on July 1, 1981. The dramatic comeback convinced citizens that the Flynn was a viable and vital community resource.In its first five years, the Flynn hosted more than 350 performances presented by 50 different organizations, including longtime allies in the arts whose partnerships with the Flynn continue to this day: Lyric Theatre, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, the Vermont Youth Orchestra, and the UVM Lane Series.

In 2000, the Flynn "reopened" as a comprehensive performing arts center, renamed the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts. The Flynn Center incorporated two performance venues—the original theater, fully restored to its Art Deco splendor, and FlynnSpace, a small performance setting that significantly expanded the Flynn's programming options. FlynnSpace has provided a home for the Vermont Stage Company and became the community's venue of choice for intimate live theater, performance art, jazz, acoustic music, comedy performance, and more. Patrons now enjoy an expanded Flynn Center that includes beautiful education and dance studios housing year-round FlynnArts classes in music, theater, and dance for children and adults; a greatly enlarged main theater lobby; a visual arts gallery; and additional administrative and support spaces.

Take a walk down memory lane with Poster Riot in the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery!

Burlington Free Press: Public Space: A riot at the Flynn (By Brent Hallenbeck, Nov. 24, 2013)

  • Exhibition sponsor Amy E. Tarrant

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