Comments from Roger Katz

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Roger Katz commented about Member Comment Histories Will Return! on Jan 12, 2005 at 6:17 pm

Regarding recent comments, I would like the a way to see the list of theatres with recent comments along with their location as is done for new and updated theatres. For example, when I see Palace Theatre, I don’t know if it is one in Connecticut (which I’d care to read about), California (which I wouldn’t care to read about), or somewhere in between. It would make it easier than having to click on the theatre link to see which one it is.

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Roger Katz commented about State Theatre on Jan 6, 2005 at 5:30 am

The State Theatre once again closed down in late 2004.

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Roger Katz commented about Fine Arts Theater on Jan 4, 2005 at 7:54 am

Wow! I definitely need to go visit this place sometime!

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Roger Katz commented about Crystal Theatre on Dec 31, 2004 at 7:20 am

As I said above, it closed in the 1930’s, so unless you are quite elderly you wouldn’t have heard about it. I’m not sure if it was a storefront theatre or if an auditorium was carved out of space inside this building or what.

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Roger Katz commented about Happy New Year! on Dec 31, 2004 at 7:18 am

er…spelling mistakes Straford should be Stratford and gutten should be gutted, sorry.

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Roger Katz commented about Happy New Year! on Dec 31, 2004 at 7:16 am

Here are the hellos, goodbyes, and welcome backs in 2004 in Connecticut. (Cinemas opening, closing, oe reopening).

Hello:
The 5-screen Criterion Cinemas opens in downtown New Haven.

Goodbye:
Milford Quad Cinemas in Milford close due to new Cinema de Lux slated to open in 2006.
The Palace Theatre (formerly the Roger Sherman, when it showed movies) in New Haven closes.
The single screen Forest Theatre in West Haven closes down.

Welcome back:
The State Theatre in Jewett City remodels and reopens with new ownership.
The Avon Theatre in Stamford reopens after an extensive (and expensive) restoration.
The Thomas Lamb designed Palace Theater in Waterbury reopens as a live venue after being dark for 18 years. Close to $20 million is spent to restore and renovate the theatre.

Changes:
Loews Danbury 10 adds four screens and converts all auditoriums to stadium seating.
Darien Playhouse converts the lobby and part of the auditoriums to retail reopening with two much smaller auditoriums.
The former Hoyts Enfield Cinemas 12 is sold to National Amusements.
Former Hoyts theatres in Hartford, Wilton, and New Canaan are all sold to Crown Theatres.
A Brazilian restaurant opens behind the facade of the former Colonial Theatre in Hartford.
The Bank Street Theatre in New Milford in purchased by Garden Homes Management.
GHM also adds a second screen in the former stage area to the State Cinema in Stamford.
The Bijou Theatre (aka Downtown Cinema) in Bridgeport and Colonial Theatre in Canaan begin restorations.
The Southington Drive-In is sold to the town for park land. One screen is demolished. The other will begin showing “movies in the park” in 2006.
The Straford Stadium 14 is sold to Regal by Entertainment Cinemas.
The lobby of the Ville Theatre in Waterbury is demolished.
The Watertown Drive-In’s two remaining screens are torn down.
The Elm Theatre in West Hartford is gutten despite efforts from local residents to save it.

Things slated to occur in 2005:
Cinema North opens an 8 screen multiplex in Storrs.
Holiday Cinemas opens a 10-screen cinema in Wallingford.
O'Neil Theatres opens a 12-screen cinema in Lisbon.
Cine 1-2-3-4 in New Haven closes down.
Forestville Theatres in Bristol closes down.

I’d love to hear about changes that occured in other states as well!

Roger Katz
Roger Katz commented about Monroe Theatre on Dec 26, 2004 at 5:33 am

There’s a photo of the former theatre today at View link

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Roger Katz commented about Rivoli Theater on Dec 26, 2004 at 4:48 am

Over a year after renovations have begun the building’s exterior looks no different. Even the marquee lettering advertising movies and their admission prices has not changed.

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Roger Katz commented about Happy Holidays From Cinema Treasures! on Dec 24, 2004 at 5:18 pm

(Incidentally, “stocking stouffer”? Is the book some new kind of Lean Cuisine?)

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Roger Katz commented about Happy Holidays From Cinema Treasures! on Dec 24, 2004 at 5:17 pm

All the movies around lately seem to suck. Spanglish might be okay, and I’ll probably see Meet The Fockers since Meet The Parents was good, but other than that moviegoing these days is a vast wasteland.

This whole year kind of stunk for motion pictures. The two I would rank as my favorites this year were I’m Not Scared and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Two movies I’m looking forward to that will be playing just after the holidays are The Woodsman and Goodbye Dragon Inn.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz commented about Clockwork Repertory Theatre on Dec 23, 2004 at 10:59 am

Seating capacity is 172. This theatre has been the Clockwork Repertory Theater with live shows since 1977 meaning it stopped showing films sometime before that.

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Roger Katz commented about Berlin Drive-In on Dec 22, 2004 at 3:51 am

I vaguely remember driving by the Berlin Drive-In once in it’s X-rated days just before it closed and seeing the screen and the fence. It was right down the road from the Hartford Drive-In and the Pike Drive-In. This would have been in the mid- to late-80’s.

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Roger Katz commented about Southington Drive-In on Dec 21, 2004 at 5:45 pm

The Southington Drive-In closed after the 2002 season because the owners wanted to make a killing selling this property even though the drive-in was still profitable. Screen 1 has already been removed. While screen 2 remains, the property will become parking for enarby Recreation Park and will be used for flea markets, fairs, and the like.

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Roger Katz commented about Roseville Theatre on Dec 20, 2004 at 4:33 am

For sale for $1.3 million at View link

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Roger Katz commented about Cecchi Gori F.A. Cinema on Dec 20, 2004 at 4:31 am

For sale for $3,000,000 View link

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Roger Katz commented about Granada Theatre on Dec 20, 2004 at 4:24 am

For sale at View link

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Roger Katz commented about Bal Theatre on Dec 20, 2004 at 4:19 am

For sale for $750,000 at

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Roger Katz commented about Miller Theatre on Dec 20, 2004 at 4:16 am

For sale at

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Roger Katz commented about UC Theatre on Dec 20, 2004 at 4:14 am

For sale for $6,500,000 which seems outrageously high at

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Roger Katz commented about Eastown Theatre on Dec 20, 2004 at 4:09 am

The theatre is for sale for $2 million here

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Roger Katz commented about Meriden Cinema 1 & 2 on Dec 19, 2004 at 4:26 pm

I assume you are getting the 77 State St. address from CinemaTour. I used it there because that is the address I found in the newspaper and/or city directory listings for the Meriden Mall Cinema 1 & 2 during my research.

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Roger Katz commented about Embassy Theatre on Dec 16, 2004 at 8:14 pm

I had heard last summer that there were plans to renovate the theatre? Has nothing come of those?

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Roger Katz on Dec 13, 2004 at 4:39 am

link does not work

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Roger Katz commented about Elm Theater on Nov 30, 2004 at 12:45 pm

It happened to the Central Theatre wich was in the West Hartford Center.

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Roger Katz commented about Elm Theater on Nov 25, 2004 at 5:11 pm

The status on this says “Demolished” but I’m not sure it is going to be demolished. I think they may just gut the inside and reuse the building. We’ll have to see.