In order to offer entertainment to the patients at the asylum, the planners of Norwich State Hospital built this elaborate theatre, with a stage for performances and, later, movies. There was an organ to accompany silent films, and a full projection booth - from which this photograph was taken. On the floor below was a rollerskating rink. Sadly, a few years back, this building was demolished - along with the power plant and two of the most historic buildings on the campus - for little apparent reason. Currently, nothing has been done with the space that millions of dollars were spent clearing these buildings off of.
I live literally two minutes from this hospital - it has some of the prettiest buildings I’ve seen. When you’re at the stop light across from the main building, there’s sometimes lights on in one of the windows on an upper floor. A lot of people say it’s super haunted.
And I understand. I understand why people hold hands: I’d always thought it was about possessiveness, saying ‘This is mine’. But it’s about maintaining contact. It is about speaking without words. It is about “I want you with me” and “don’t go”.