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The Torrington Drive-In closed in the 1980’s (I think), but its screen still stands. You can also see the foundation where the snack bar used to be. The marquee stands, but its covered up by a sign advertising a “Connecticut Bike Week” from years past. The screen is nearly blocked by the tall pine trees that have grown up in front of it. The trees at the back of the lot, however, have been removed. The drive-in property was under consideration for the site of the new Litchfield County Courthouse, but they have decided to build that elsewhere.
Gerald, have you checked to confirm that all these old storefront moviehouses you post are actually demolished? I have found here, in Connecticut, that the buildings that housed storefront theatres sometimes remain.
I thought this cinema opened early to mid-70’s.
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Oh, yeah. I forgot that this most surely was a twin. One screen was the Candlelite and the other screen was the Pix.
Wasn’t this called the Candlelite Pix?
110 River St.
The lobby is now used for retail.
What’s Cinema 5?
Yes. There operator is in place. An announcement will be made tomorrow (June 2), I’ve heard.
Personally I hate stadium seating and find it hard to watch a movie without becoming sore in it. They are also usually far away. I refuse to sit in stadium seats. In a theatre that has them I’ll sit in the front rows that have normal seating. The Criterion does not use stadium seating due to low ceilings (although the second floor ended up being removed). Also, they attract a large number of seniors during the day who do not want to have to climb up steps.
As for Cinema City I don’t think it will last too much longer as a new competitor is opening up nearby in 2007.
The theatre is listed here on Cinema Treasures at /theaters/2426/
Any word on any progress?
That 100-seat comment is erroneous. It should probably be 1000-seat. I went to college in New London and I’ve always said that if I won the $200 million Powerball then I’d love to restore this theatre. I’m sure whoever buys it will not use it as a theatre. It can’t be a live performance venue because the Garde Theatre is right around the corner. Southeastern Connecticut desperately needs an art cinema, but 1000 seats is a bit too big for that. Maybe it could be carved up into a multiplex and show art films, but that would not honor the original interior. Whatever happens to it, it is going to cost many millions of dollars to renovate whether as a theatre, cinema, or some other use (retail, condos, etc.)
Space for lease in the former Acme at http://listing.loopnet.com/13992532
Gutted and for rent at http://listing.loopnet.com/14153891 for $11,250 per month.
For sale at http://listing.loopnet.com/14119465 for $2,300,000.
For sale at http://listing.loopnet.com/14211693 for $3,300,000.
This listing should be changed to Bijou Theatre and listed as renovating. It is scheduled to reopen this summer.
The United has been sold. Close to $1 million worth of renovations are expected to take place before it reopens as a combination cinema/live theatre.
Good luck with the State! I’ll be there next week to take photos.
Was it the Whitney Cinema at http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=19026 which is now condos and retail?
Check on CinemaTour.com – any Boston theatres listed there showed movies (I edited the Boston listings there and verified any listed had actually showed films.)
The plan to show art films has been abandoned along with plans for two more screens. The State Cinema is – and will remain – a twin showing sub-run.
McElfatrick designed the interior while Vance designed the exterior.
Actually http://www.twoboots.com/pioneer/ gets you to the main page of the Pioneer Theater rather than the theater info page.