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8/14/2023 - Remembering the Southbury Playhouse on August 18, 2023

On Friday, August 18th at 1:00pm the community is invited to join in a very special conversation at the Southbury Library, remembering the Southbury Playhouse.

Part of the 350th Anniversary event series, this History Talk will be a departure from previous ones, as it will be a combination of presentation, artifact display and interactive discussion. Speaker, Melinda K. Elliott, Southbury Historic Society President, will lead the audience on a trip down memory lane. First, Mrs. Elliott will cover the history of this cultural center that once stood for decades at the corner of Main Streets North and South, and the many productions staged there. In the second half, she will encourage audience members to share their remembrances in what is sure to be a lively and nostalgic discussion.

The Southbury Playhouse was originally a barn that dates as far back to 1770. The historic structure was converted into a playhouse in 1947, and served as the home for a stock theater company for nearly four decades, before closing in 1985. Demolished on March 1, 1989, it is now the current site of Playhouse Corner.

The event is free to attend and open to anyone, regardless of town residency. Registration is required at: For more information about this program, please e-mail Rebecca Randall at or call the reference desk at 203-262-0626, ext. 130.


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The Town of Southbury is holding events and activities all year long to celebrate 350 years of community, culture and history (1673-2023), aimed at highlighting the past and progress of the one and only Southbury.

The 350th Anniversary Steering Committee is co-chaired by John Dwyer and Kevin Bielmeier, with vice-chair Brian Jones, Justin Bette, Lynn Dwyer, Melinda Elliott, Michael Ganem, Kara Kenney, Mary Korsu, and Gosia Liedlich.

To learn more about the 350th Anniversary visit