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er…“posr” should be “post”
This theatre was later converted to a posr office and an auto repair shop.
Right now digital cinema is virtually non-existent. Very few movies are released digitally and few cinemas have the means to play these. The cost is way too high at the moment for the equipment needed. For more on issues like this check out the forum archives at BigScreenBiz http://www.bigscreenbiz.com/
The State was known as the premier performance and concert venue in Hartford. It was only used as a movie theatre as a secondary attraction to its live shows.
The status that says “Renovating” is wrong. This cinema is set to be demolished (it may already have been demolished). A new cinema and live theatre will be built on its site.
Richard: I think that seating number is accurate as my source actually says it was 1200 seats (which is probably a bit earlier than the 1100 figure)!
Then unless they physically moved the building that makes it a different theatre since it is in a different building.
Shouldn’t this listing be seperated into two listings?
This theatre is located at 600 Main St.
Seating capacity at the time it closed was 183.
Err, typo…“laos” should be “also”
This should be listed as a 7-screen multiplex. It seats 715.
It is now a store called Wicker Paradise which sells furniture to meet all your wicker needs.
It appears to be retail and offices now.
It is now known as the Sterling Cinemas and operated as a discount theatre by the Sensible Cinemas chain with a website http://www.sensiblecinemas.com/
Hey Michael: Believe it or not, this theatre actually IS under consideration for use by a symphony orchestra. Word is that the Hartford Symphony Orchestra is considering turning the Plaza into their rehearsal space.
This theatre closed around 1952 and was converted into a TV showroom sales facility. It is sad to see it in its current sta5te as a parking garage.
The status of this cinema should be changed. It was demolished in 2002.
piggy: View link will get you their showtimes
If anyone out there has any old photos of the interior please let the Opera House people know. So far no one has been able to find any photos anywhere!
This theatre was shut down for code violations in the mid-70’s and has not been used since. Photos of the interior are at View link .
The Strand’s official website is http://www.thestrandri.com/
Ooh! This theatre is less than 90 minutes from my house. I’d love to drop by sometime to see and photograph the wonderful restoration that has taken place!
I didn’t include photos of the not-so-flattering details (e.g. the peeling walls, the sagging ceilings, and the holes in the floors)!
There is no way this theatre will be reopened by June. I have been in a few theatres that were renovating, and this one is in far too dilapidated a condition to be fixed up so quickly. I’d guess that it will open at least 6 months behind schedule.