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An IMAX screen is supposed to be really tall. I don’t understand how they can fit one into a regular auditorium. The auditoriums at Buckland Hills are not even close to the height needed for IMAX.
I hear that the Paradise is being restored and shall reopen in February 2005 as a venue for live entertainment and movies.
I’m not sure anyone will travel to this cinema. Latino cinemas have failed time after time in city after city due to the fact that the Hispanic population wants to see the same blockbuster movies – in English – that everyone else is seeing.
This group’s website is http://www.savetheelm.org/ . Anyone in the area please support this effort and help save the Elm!
As of 7/2004 a proposal has been put forward for this theatre’s demolition. See View link for details.
“Just like Hartford.”
FYI, Hartford still has 2 old theatres open. Granted, one now shows adult movies (Art Cinema) and the other hosts live concerts (Webster Theatre), but nevertheless they are open.
Great Barrington is in western Massachusetts. not eastern.
Good interior photos at View link
More photos of the interior at http://forgottenmichigan.com/gallery/AdamsTheater
Anyone know if this has reopened as a nightclub or did they run out of money midstream?
I love going to movies at Real Art Ways. They would like to add a second screen if they can raise money for it.
This theatre was also known as the Brandt Cine. It did close in 1999. The sign was still standing as of the last time I was there in 2002. I believe a hotel was built on the former theatre site.
Michael, do you know what plagarism is? Please do not use my words without my permission or at least giving me credit for them rather than passing them off as your own. As you can see from the website where you “borrowed” the above description of this theatre from, they are copyrighted.
Bantam is a borough within the town of Litchfield.
You are correct. It is on the National Register.
It was actually the Shelton Fine Arts
It is in the Waterville section of Waterbury. There is no such town as Westbury, although it was the name Watertown was known by a couple hundred years ago.
I’d be shocked if this ad were for the Majestic in Bridgeport. Bridgeport is too far awaway from Hartford, especially in 1921, for a Hartford paper to run an ad for a Bridgeport theatre. Maybe the ad was for the Majestic on Asylum Avenue in Hartford?
NINETEEN MILLION DOLLARS???????????????????????? That is INSANE!
It changed its name to Victory after the US victory in World War 2.
This should be listed as the Palace Theater. Its official website is http://palacetheaterct.org/
C.M. Brown: As a born and raised West Hartford citizen (lived there from 1976 through 1997) who still lives within a 40 minute drive I would like to help save the Elm. How do I join your campaign?
The only interior shots that I know of that may exist are owned by the Perakos family which had promised to send them to me, but never did.
Walgreens wants to use the existing building, but I think the town wants them to demolish it and build new so that they can realign a tricky intersection. Currently everything is being held up in planning and zoning I believe. I love the Elm since it was the only movie theatre in West Hartford, the town in which I grew up. After it closed I contacted a representative of the owner to ask for permission to take interior photos to preserve the building’s history. The owners refused. I asked if I could buy any memoribilia from the theatre. Nothing is for sale. The Perakos family who owned this theatre, along with the Southington Drive-In, are apparently money-grubbing leeches who have a bad reputation among theatre people here in CT. Anyway, more of my photos of the Elm can be found at http://www.cinematour.com/tour_us.php?id=496 . I especially like the photo of the marquee all lit up at night.
As can be seen in the photo above the Elm is in a strip. I think it may have been able to succeed as an art house, but could'ves and maybes are irrelevant now that Walgreen’s owns it and has gutted it in preparation for turning it into a pharmacy.