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There’s a photo of the former theatre today at View link
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.
(Incidentally, “stocking stouffer”? Is the book some new kind of Lean Cuisine?)
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.
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.
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.
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.
For sale for $1.3 million at View link
For sale for $3,000,000 View link
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For sale for $750,000 at
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For sale for $6,500,000 which seems outrageously high at
The theatre is for sale for $2 million here
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.
I had heard last summer that there were plans to renovate the theatre? Has nothing come of those?
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It happened to the Central Theatre wich was in the West Hartford Center.
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.
I was in thew Plaza today. It stills sits abandoned with everything still remaining: the seats, the screens, the speakers, and even the projector.
I was in the Elm Theatre today. It appears that while they have demolished the attached shopping plaza and are in the process of gutting the theatre that they will keep the actual structure. The twinning has been undone by removal of the wall that separated the two auditoriums, so for the first time I saw the entire interior of the Elm as it was in its days as a single screen. Sadly, all the chairs have been ripped out and many are piled on the floor, the balcony floor has been removed leaving only metal beams, the projectors are gone, and all rugs and ornementation have been removed. Still intact are both screens (it looks odd since both are now next to each other in one large auditorium), the platter, the toilets bathrooms (but the sinks are removed), and a few art deco light fixtures. I found the floor plan from when it was a single screen theatre inside a desk. I also took many photos of the interior before it is completely destroyed.
The Criterion was built in the former United Illuminating building which is a pre-World War 2 structure.
The correct spelling is Steuben Theatre.
There was recently an application to turn the drive-in site into housing.
Actually, the Mansfield’s season runs only through September. It is the other CT drive-in, the Pleasant Valley, that runs through October.