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Roger Katz commented about Elm Theater on Nov 25, 2004 at 8:11 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.

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Roger Katz commented about Plaza Theater on Nov 25, 2004 at 7:31 pm

I was in thew Plaza today. It stills sits abandoned with everything still remaining: the seats, the screens, the speakers, and even the projector.

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Roger Katz commented about Elm Theater on Nov 25, 2004 at 7:02 pm

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.

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Roger Katz commented about Criterion Cinemas on Nov 20, 2004 at 6:21 pm

The Criterion was built in the former United Illuminating building which is a pre-World War 2 structure.

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Roger Katz commented about Steuben Theatre on Nov 8, 2004 at 8:17 pm

The correct spelling is Steuben Theatre.

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Roger Katz commented about Hartford Drive-In on Oct 26, 2004 at 7:26 am

There was recently an application to turn the drive-in site into housing.

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Roger Katz commented about Mansfield Drive-In on Oct 26, 2004 at 7:25 am

Actually, the Mansfield’s season runs only through September. It is the other CT drive-in, the Pleasant Valley, that runs through October.

http://www.mansfielddrivein.com/

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Roger Katz commented about Pastime Theater on Oct 25, 2004 at 7:37 pm

http://www.thepastime.org/

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Roger Katz commented about Heights Theater on Oct 25, 2004 at 3:23 pm

This theatre is now open.

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Roger Katz commented about Plaza Theater on Oct 25, 2004 at 1:54 pm

There has been now sale as far as I know. It is still stuck in limbo due to environmental problems. Contact the town of Windsor’s economic development commission for details on current ownership and listing agent.

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Roger Katz commented about Strand Theatre on Oct 25, 2004 at 11:36 am

The Strand was previously known as the Seymour and the Art.

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Roger Katz on Oct 25, 2004 at 11:22 am

I don’t consider this a real cinema. It is a library showing a few free videos.

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Roger Katz commented about REMINDER: Vote In This Week's Poll! on Oct 22, 2004 at 12:09 pm

Why aren’t the new polls put up on the main page? Why is it always the original “How many movies did you see this summer poll”?

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Roger Katz commented about Loew's Paradise Theater on Oct 20, 2004 at 10:05 pm

Anita, pay attention to the news and postings. The Paradise is in the middle of a complete restoration and is scheduled to reopen in February 2005.

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Roger Katz commented about Danielson-Putnam Twin Drive-In on Oct 12, 2004 at 10:52 pm

This is on Route 12 in Danielson. Proper name is the Danielson-Putnam Twin Drive-In. The Lord chain also owned some other theatres in the area including the Midtown and Yale theatres in Norwich.

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Roger Katz commented about New Poll: Which Theater Is The Most Endangered? on Oct 12, 2004 at 10:49 pm

The Elm is the most endangered. A hearing on it will be held in two days, and it could be demolished as early as a month from now. :(

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Roger Katz commented about Forest Theatre on Oct 12, 2004 at 6:49 am

It still sits there forlorn and crumbling.

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Roger Katz commented about 'Cinema Treasures' Book Now On Sale! on Oct 4, 2004 at 3:42 pm

Cool! I can’t wait to get this book!

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Roger Katz commented about Capitol Theatre on Sep 29, 2004 at 10:32 pm

The auditorium remains, but is stripped of all seats and ornementation. When I snuck in one day I fell through the rotted wooden stage floor.

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Roger Katz commented about Cinema Art on Sep 22, 2004 at 1:44 pm

The Paris Cinema I & II in Syracuse shows adult films.

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Roger Katz commented about Looking for a Theater on Sep 22, 2004 at 9:21 am

Oh, Steve, if you are serious about renovating an old abandoned one I have a ton in CT, MA, and RI that are just sitting there. Photos of all these theatres can be seen on CinemaTour at http://www.cinematour.com/ . None of these are in working condition, but if you have money they can be restored into operating cinemas again. (I have not included on this list the long-abandoned movie palaces that would takes many millions of dollars to restore.)

Berlin Cine 1 & 2 (Berlin, CT) opened in 1969 and closed in 1997 after damage from a fire. Tried to fix fire damage, but then vandals destroyed the screen and the owner gave up. In a shopping center, but the shopping center owner does not want to help with the cost of renovations, so it still sits vacant. Directly across the street from a modern Shocase Cinemas multiplex, so it would need to be sub-run.

Palace Theatre (Danbury, CT) opened in 1927 and closed in 1995 after being triplexed. I have not been inside, but a friend who has tells me there is water damage. Another friend, though, tells me he has been inside and says this place can be restored and reopened. It is on Main Street directly across the library in downtown Danbury.

Theater East (Manchester, CT) opened in 1966 and closed in 2001. This single screen turned into a Hoyts 6-screener sits abandoned behind a shopping center. Why doesn’t it reopen? Probably because Showcase Cinemas opened a 16-screen behemoth across town in 1998. This would have to be sub-run, or maybe art movies, since Showcase would hog first run product.

Elm Theatre (West Hartford, CT) opened 1947 and closed 2002. Walgreens bought the property and wants to convert it into a pharmacy, but Save The Elm ( http://www.savetheelm.org/ ) is trying to save it and is searching for an angel to swoop in and buy it. This single converted into a twin has a balcony.

Forest Theatre (West Haven, CT) opened 1930 and closed 2004. This single screen closed this past winter. It wasn’t in the greatest shape, but I think with TLC and a little work it could have been successful. Unfortunately, last I heard the owner wanted $10,000/month in rent which means a theatre is not viable there.

Plaza Theatre (Windsor, CT) opened 1943 and closed 1997. I was inside this a couple of years ago and all this needs is some cleaning up and work and it could be reopened. Last I heard, though, the building owner wanted to sell the entire building – which includes like 12 apartments and 6 storefronts as well as a multifamily house – rather than lease the theatre. That was 2 years ago, though, and things may have changed.

Rivoli Theatre (Chicopee, MA) closed in 1999. Someone bought this last year and did some renovations, including ripping out the seats, in order to reopen this as a nightclub, but then I think he ran out of money.

Grand Theatre (Indian Orchard, MA) opened 1911. This theatre in the Indian Orchard section of Springfield, which is now a church, appears to be for sale at http://www.downtownio.com/grandtheatre.htm . I imagine, since it is being used as a church, it is in decent condition inside.

Casino Theatre (Ware, MA) closed 1999. This former single was twinned before it eventually closed. The drop ceiling in the lobby has fallen, but the building appears to be in sturdy shape.

Castle Cinema (Providence, RI) opened 1925 and closed 2004. This three screener closed earlier this year. It had been operating for a number of years as a cinema and cafe, but in the end I guess that was not successful.

United Theatre (Westerly, RI) opened 1926 and closed 1984. It has been closed for 20 years, so I imagine a good deal of work would be needed, but the marquee is still there and I believe the theatre remains untouched inside.

Also, are you aware that all the former Hoyts locations that became Northeast Cinemas are now for sale? Try contacting them.

E-mail me by clicking on my name for contact information and let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz commented about Ville Theater on Sep 18, 2004 at 10:05 pm

The marquee and lobby building was demolished this week, but the auditorium remains. I will go photograph it tomorrow.

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Roger Katz commented about Riverdale Twin on Sep 11, 2004 at 6:40 am

This theatre has recently been gutted.

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Roger Katz commented about Melba Theatre on Sep 7, 2004 at 10:00 pm

The Melba’s old auditorium is now a church. The lobby houses a retail store.

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Roger Katz commented about American Theater on Aug 27, 2004 at 7:38 pm

The American now has 7 screens.