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Oakdale Musical Theatre

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    The 1,200-seat Oakdale Theatre opened in 1957 under a tent in the middle of an alfalfa field. The facility has grown 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. (Now called Chevrolet Theatre). (Wiki)

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    95 South Turnpike Road
    Wallingford, CT
    United States
    Street:95 South Turnpike Road
    City:Wallingford
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srapallo's picture
on September 20, 2007 - 9:34am

 

 

The 1,200-seat Oakdale Theatre opened in 1957 under a tent in the middle of an alfalfa field. The facility has grown 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. (Now called Chevrolet Theatre). (Wiki)

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Peter Messier's picture

I worked at the Oakdale theatre in 1969. I was nine years old at the time. I used to hop the fence in the afternoon after getting out of school. I would stay on the grounds until the shows started! :) I often would help out the maintenance crew sweeping out the tent from the previous evenings show. The owner of the theatre (Ben Segal) asked his daughter, who's this kid helping out everyday. When she told him I was assisting daily at cleaning out the tent, old Ben was pretty impressed. He instructed his daughter to give me a seasons pass for free! Needless to say I had a hell of a time working @ Oakdale. Who played there besides Zepplin! I saw Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Fleetwood Mac, Iron Butterfly, Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf , and Doctor Hook & the medicine show .Those were a few of the big acts. Its hard to believe they all played in a tent! I also have an 8MM film I took in 1970 of the workers as they were putting up the tent. It was a hell of wild ride working @ Oakdale! I have alot of crazy fond memories!

Dennis Ward's picture

I was in 3rd row seating at the ripe old age of 17 (1969)to see a performance I have cherished ever since. Oakdale had the revolving stage installed by then, still under a tent.
I grew up in Wallingford, and saw many acts there, but none have stuck in my memory like Led Zeppelin.
Tonite, just over 40 years later I have seen Windborne's "Music of Led Zeppelin", along with the "Music of Queen" in the Oakdale(aka Chevrolet) Theatre.
The Oakdale Theatre is no longer that intimate setting, but a newer building with the typical concert seating/stage arrangement.
The wood dome is still there though, now it houses the concession area and washrooms.
Windborne gave a powerful performance.

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Oakdale performance...then and now by Dennis Ward (not verified)
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