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it sure isn’t.
An angel investor just gave a chunk of money to restore the plaster ceiling (for opera) and repair a bathroom.
well, if you live there or know someone there, you can always look in the city directories of yore…
well then, now that the photos are enabled, send away. and i can also get them on file at the Danbury Museum. email:
Yep. Went by today. All gone.
New website. Www.edmondtownhall.org
Finally! Great news. It opened today. I was there the other day and snapped pix. New neon signage and exterior with a box office and concessions stand. The big picture window is open with a new carpet, long draped table and it looks like it’s waiting for tons of people. 3 framed poster signs out front says, “Open Summer 2011”.
And the article: http://www.fairfieldweekly.com/news/connecticut/nm-ff28newsbijou-20110707,0,5745392.story
I will be in Block Island next Wed on a bike vacation. I plan to stop by at both places and take pictures and perhaps take in a movie.
I finally talked to the night manager of the theatre last week. It’s leased for $1 and has been showing movies since 1930, but I may be off by a year or so.
This isn’t really the Town Hall, that is located a few miles down the road in the Fairfield Hills Complex on Primrose Lane.
They make most of their money from the insanely cheap concessions.
Mentioned recently in the CT Post. http://www.ctpost.com/default/article/The-Light-Touch-Cinemas-remember-reflections-1312676.php
Mentioned in a recent CT Post article on cinema memories. http://www.ctpost.com/default/article/The-Light-Touch-Cinemas-remember-reflections-1312676.php
They did film inside for a horrible Steven Seagal movie a few years back. There are pictures of the event in the CT Post.
It must be new. I was in Bport last week but forgot to check on it.
From a CT Post article on urban blight, picture #11 is the Hippodrome. http://bit.ly/mpDpmM
From a CT Post article on urban blight, the sister theaters are mentioned in the “theater district ” section. http://bit.ly/mpDpmM
Picture #11 isn’t mentioned by name but is the Hippodrome Theater on Stratford Avenue, which was in operation from 1907-1964.
The theater can be seen in this picture near the bottom about the 1955 flood cleanup, just above Lakewood Park.
There’s a great local piece about this theater in our alt-weekly from last week, and this marquee, along with many others are in the former Augusta, GA author’s book, “Popcorn Palaces: The Art Deco Movie Theater Paintings of Davis Cone.”
The former Kent Film Festival was held this year in New Milford and renamed Litchfield Hill Film Festival. Better location too. Bank Street Theater’s Theater #2 was one screening venue as was The Maxx and the upstairs program room at the Library.
CT Film Fest 2011, Palace pics. View link
Here they are:
1) what the property looked like before http://yfrog.com/h2tcd1j
2) Exterior http://yfrog.com/h6ieb5j
3) Lobby http://yfrog.com/h69p83j
4) View of orchestra/balcony http://yfrog.com/h205pzj
5) Stage (from balcony) http://yfrog.com/h2sg26j
Postcard from 1934 showing Palace and Empress marquees.
Both movies, “Six of a Kind” and “Long Lost Father” are from 1934.