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Now Known As Chevrolet Theatre
Date Opened 1957
Venue Capacity 1,200
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Venue Address 95 South Turnpike Road
Wallingford, CT 06492

Venue Information

The 1,200-seat Oakdale Theatre opened in 1957 under a tent in the middle of an alfalfa field and was expanded over the years. In 1972 the tent was replaced with a wooden dome that accommodated 3,000 seats. A rotating stage was located in the center, creating a theater in the round.

In the mid-1990s, the Oakdale was transformed again to become a year-round 5,000-seat performing arts center. The project changed the facility from a theater-in-the-round to an end-stage, amphitheater arrangement. Ground-breaking took place in late 1995 and the new 120,000-square-foot theater was completed in mid-summer 1996. The $20 million project included the design of a new theater, with the old "dome" becoming its lobby, a 5,000-square-foot stage house with orchestra pit and trap room, backstage support including performers and crew accommodations, a loading dock and scenery-handling area, public spaces, restrooms, and extensive indoor and outdoor concessions. It is now the largest theater in the state of Connecticut.

Over the years as the health of the theaters founder deteriorated, the venue was sold. In 2004, it was incorporated by the Clear Channel media conglomerate and renamed the Chevrolet Theatre.

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