When the Catskills Came to Moodus

No other area resort came close to the level of entertainment offered to Banner Lodge guests. During the 1940s, 50s and 60s the entertainment roster included popular bands, singers, comedians and dancers. On Fridays and Saturdays, the playhouse would host popular performers who traveled the country's resort and nightclub circuits and later appeared on comedy, variety and talk television programs. In the 40s and 50s, the Banner staff also provided entertainment, in the form of goofy skits, sing-alongs and comedy.

There were three stages at Banner Lodge. The large playhouse, which was built in the 1940s, could seat about 500 people. This main stage was bracketed by a coffee shop, a den-like card room, a ping-pong room and an arcade space with games and pinball machines. In the 1950s, a nightclub was built in the basement, which extended the typical Banner day into the wee hours. A small stage was also situated at one end of the Olympic-size swimming pool, where bands and other entertainers would entertain.

The Jacks Hosted a Bevy of Acts

Jack Banner and resident resort MC Jack Mathers greeted and catered to the ever-changing roster of visiting entertainers. Most came from the NYC and Catskills circuits. Posing with the visiting entertainers was part of the Jacks' job.