New quad theater set to open in downtown Hartford, CT; first in decades

posted by Michael Zoldessy on October 2, 2012 at 10:45 am

HARTFORD, CT — The long-awaited theatre on Front Street is opening in a month and locals couldn’t be more excited. The Hartford Courant looked inside to see the new amenities and full-service restaurant.

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John Fink  (www.johnfinkfilms.com)
John Fink (www.johnfinkfilms.com) on October 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

This venue sounds great, much like the Violet Crown in Austin which works really well within the Second Ave district, not sure if it’ll work as brilliantly in Hartford but it does make sense. There is no movie-going options in the city (apart from the occasional screenings at Wadsworth). I do very much like the way Violet Crown is programed, often with hip upscale movies (like Celeste & Jesse Forever) and I think thats a nitche that can give it an advantage over Art @ Cinema City and what was in the planning stages intended as an art house in Blue Back Square.

Programing for the community is key – I imagine if they replicate with great programing both on screen and live entertainment in the lounge they can build an audience of young professionals and folks on date night and it’ll be a cool place. Hartford could use that kind of venue. If they program it with multiplex crap you can see at Buckland Hills it will suck.

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