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shoeshoe14 commented about Dixwell Theatre on Jan 31, 2005 at 12:42 am

here’s the pic at
can someone tell me what style this is? i now work in an office building in danbury with that as the facade.

shoeshoe14 commented about Strand Theater on Jan 30, 2005 at 9:10 pm

exactly. i went to the site and typed in the address, figuring i would see something on that page that said it was in an old theater or some homage. but nothing.

shoeshoe14 commented about Times Square Theatre on Jan 30, 2005 at 9:04 pm

i saw this the other day on bike. if you really notice it, behind each billboard you can see the facades underneath of the theaters, esp near the roxy liquor store. what a shame all that bs commercialism and fake sunlight has to hide some beautiful architecture.

shoeshoe14 commented about Palace Theatre on Jan 28, 2005 at 7:24 am

From the 1932 Danbury City Directory, the Palace Theater is listed at 165 Main Street. The 1939 City Directory has it showing motion pictures.

shoeshoe14 commented about Capitol Theatre on Jan 28, 2005 at 6:47 am

Also, according to the 1923 Directory, the Capitol was known as the Taylor Theater at the same address, 2-4 Elm Street which showed motion pictures). The owner was most likely the operator of the Taylor Opera House in Danbury. World famous opera singer Marian Anderson was from Danbury and lived in Danbury until her death in the late 1950s.)

shoeshoe14 commented about Heirloom Arts Theatre on Jan 28, 2005 at 6:44 am

I am writing a book, and was doing research at WCSU’s University Archives. Anyway, i was looking at the old city directories, and found additional info on the Empress. From the 1916 Directory, it lists the Empress as a Vaudeville theatre at 157 Main Street. The 1923 Directory lists the Empress as Vaudeville and Motion Pictures at the same address. I am up to the early 1940s and will update again on Tuesday.

shoeshoe14 commented about Capitol Theatre on Jan 28, 2005 at 6:41 am

I am writing a book, and was doing research at WCSU’s University Archives. Anyway, i was looking at the old city directories, and found info on the Capitol Theater. From the 1924 Directory (publishers, Price and Lee, New Haven), The Capitol Theatre first appeared in the 1924 Directory and showed motion pictures and was located at 2-4 Elm, now a parking lot across the street from Cousin Larry’s Cafe (my stomping ground) at 1 Elm Street. The directory makes note that motion pictures were shown at this time. In the 1925 directory the address is changed to 2 Elm. I am up to the early 1940s and will update again on Tuesday.

shoeshoe14 commented about Bethel Cinema on Jan 27, 2005 at 6:15 am

The Emerald City Cafe adjoining the cinema closed down 3 months ago. Paul Schulyer, owner of Bethel Cinema has just bought the cafe and they are doing renovations. My friend just told me this info and that he’s the new cafe manager. it should be open soon. the marquee was supposed to be a brand new one a few weeks ago but it’s still down.

shoeshoe14 commented about Mall Twin Theatre on Jan 24, 2005 at 4:49 am

i just found out my friend from hackettstown just started working at the new one. i’ve emailed her about previous info and history of the previous one before it was torn down and made into a loews.

shoeshoe14 commented about Shelton Theatre on Jan 18, 2005 at 11:42 pm

so i believe the Fine Arts was a small, regional chain? there was a westport fine arts 1 and 2 and the brookfield fine arts which closed down many years back. check the post i made from a few weeks ago about what we found.

shoeshoe14 commented about White City Cinemas on Jan 18, 2005 at 10:28 pm

i just want to thank folks who post since i joined a few weeks ago and contributed theater info to where i grew up, visited, and currently live near. if i can’t produce info, give it a few hours and all you folks help out.

shoeshoe14 commented about Strand Theater on Jan 18, 2005 at 1:09 am

Yes, here’s a link to the daily record from april 2002 talking about the strand in the music store. View link

The store rebuilt the theater’s interior into its present business in 1987. their website is

Another link from the same newspaper date shows the old marquee still intact at View link (third picture down).

shoeshoe14 commented about Cinepolis Succasunna on Jan 17, 2005 at 3:14 am

thanx for the info. i was going to call the theater and inquire myself. i remember the upstairs theaters were small and the ceilings were low. btw, that blockbuster was Atlantic Stationers until the mid-90s when it became blockbuster. if they are going to add an addition, it will be tough since there are wetlands behind it and parking in front. the only way to increase the square footage is to eliminate parking towards the front of the theater. to the left of it is impossible as that’s one of the main roads through the complex. i remember when the whole complex here was just the shop-rite and carters, jamesway, etc with the carnival originally held here before it moved to horseshoe lake. give it up for the sprawlmarts, not!

shoeshoe14 commented about AMC Rockaway Inner 6/Outer 6 on Jan 17, 2005 at 3:10 am

thanx for that info. i forgot to add it was inner and outer. i can’t believe they replaced the inner with stores. it was always packed. the outer closed in 2001? that sucks, it was a great place to see a movie. unfortunately, there’s always a sprawlmart popping up in communities and even within a mall complex to make room for something we don’t need. thanx for posting that info.

shoeshoe14 commented about Danbury Drive-In on Jan 17, 2005 at 2:37 am

This is weird, again. I sent in the description a week ago and it was on here, now it’s not! Anyway, i saw this info for this drive-in on (or more exact:

According to the site, it was built in 1950. “As you can see, little remains of the Danbury Drive-In. The field is overgrown with bushes taller than my head, though the entrance driveway remains and goes through the field as well. You can also see the concrete blocks that used to line the driveway but are now piled up, and the pine trees planted to separate the drive-in from the road.”

I ride down Federal Road everyday and haven’t noticed an empty plot of land in many years due to the sprawl marts everywhere.

shoeshoe14 commented about Bethel Cinema on Jan 16, 2005 at 8:36 pm

This is weird. I sent in Bethel Cinema last week, and a few days ago it wasn’t there and i emailed the site for help and they had no recollection of it recently. Now it’s back on here by someone else. Anyway, i have frequented this place for a long time and can give the more than exact lowdowns of this gem as i’m friends with the owner and general manager.

It opened in the 1960s and first started as a Jerry Lewis Theater, then became a regular theater, then a Bright Clouds Ministry Church for 1 year, then a porn theater and in the late 80s/early 90s became its present incarnation. It’s now independently-owned by Paul Schuyler.

It’s not really a multiplex in that sense of the word. One theater has 100 seats, the remaining 3 have 80-90 seats and no center aisles in either of them. Sound quality is great. The snack stand is yuppified but has great selection. Next door used to be the Emerald City Cafe which offered 2 tickets with each entree, but 2 months ago they just closed down. Bethel Cinema has acquired it and will be making a cafe out of it for moviegoers.

Not only do they show independent films, but also foreign and mainstream movies (usually 1 of the 4 theatres). They also host weekly birthday parties. Usually on the sign from the road next detailing movies, there’s a happy birthday shoutout. They sign is not there as has been for the month of January as they are getting a newer one.

The greatest thing about them is they are known in the state as being the most successful independently-run theatres in close proximity to a megaplex (Loews in Danbury). This place is always packed.

They have great specials like Monday, 2 for 1 ladies nights, a weekly commentary before the films on Tuesday by a local guy, forgot his name and many other great deals. They have no website but they have a yahoogroup at

Their address is 269 Greenwood Avenue (Route 302), Bethel, CT 06801

shoeshoe14 commented about Empire Cinemas on Jan 12, 2005 at 4:06 am

This theater has 360 seats.

shoeshoe14 commented about Capitol Theatre on Jan 12, 2005 at 3:42 am

This was located on 2 Elm Street, across from what is now 1 Elm Street, Cousin Larry’s Cafe. This set of buildings is now a bunch of storefronts but was the original mall in the 50s and 60s before the present Danbury Mall took over the old fairgrounds. Info is found at

shoeshoe14 commented about Kearsley Theatre on Jan 12, 2005 at 2:11 am

Is a Cry Room a baby changing room? i’ve never heard the term.

shoeshoe14 commented about Crown Cinema Twin on Jan 11, 2005 at 10:29 pm

Forgot to add this was built in 1968 according to the previous comments website.

shoeshoe14 commented about Crown Cinema Twin on Jan 11, 2005 at 10:20 pm

A photo of the facade from the News-Times is available at View link

shoeshoe14 commented about Crown Cine on Jan 11, 2005 at 10:20 pm

A pic of the theatre sign is available at this website. View link

shoeshoe14 commented about Cameo Theater on Jan 9, 2005 at 9:05 pm

The cameo is now a church, like so many theatres have become, probably for sound quality and acoustics, i presume? There was talk not too long ago about bringing it back in the Journal-News, but who knows. The marquee is still there.

shoeshoe14 commented about Fine Arts Theater on Jan 4, 2005 at 9:17 pm

well, how we visited was illegal. we pried open a semi-ajar door and then used bolt cutters to break the thin chain and when opening the door, two 2 x 4’s fell out. upon leaving, we took our own padlock and locked the chains together and closed the door. the other door had more barricades than that. we each took a reel of film, but what i have is old and was really heavy to bring in my backpack on my bike. it’s fwded to the end. there probably won’t be any new owners.

if you go visit this place roger, please email me so we can show you around as we now have the key. we’re thinking about bringing folks from the lost film festival (a diy outlet) and bringing others there to show it in an abandoned theater but we’ll videotape it. here’s my email:

shoeshoe14 commented about Cinestudio on Jan 4, 2005 at 2:03 pm

yes, the curtain is still there. what an amazing theater. the ceiling is amazing. when the movie is ready and the previews are about to play, the curtains slowly rise up and a loony tunes intro starts playing. when the movie is done the same thing happens and the curtains close slowly.