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A pic of the theatre sign is available at this website. View link
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.
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:
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.
i remember from old setlists of the ct band known as max creek, they played here regularly and everytime i’m there i try to figure out by the architecture. there’s a place further up on the left in the plaza whose facade looks like a marquee. this health food store is called Edge of the Woods.
i also remember a theater in new haven called the great american music hall, like the one in san francisco. i believe there was one in waterbury too.
the last movie i saw here was saving private ryan in 1997? the movie sign is still there and yes there is a hotel on its site. i remember it showing 2 films and it closed in 1999. it was spacious and comfortable.
i live down the street from the palace and the empress. my friends have owned the empress club and studio for 5 years (the venue is under the orginal stage).
the palace is owned by slumlord, Joe Dasilva. that may be libel, but it’s the truth, spouted by many a tenant under him and i used to be his tenant.
he’s owned it for many years and refuses to sell it to the city for any price. we need it for a performing arts center/community center but he won’t sell. what good can he be getting from an abandoned building that he refuses or to do anything with? there was a tour of the place a few years ago and to add insult to our history, this past new years eve on first night danbury, i saw the palace listed as a place for one of the many shows that night! wtf?!? sure enough it was open but i had to catch a train and didn’t have time to wander in. i will be calling the mayor today as i know him and ask about the issue.