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I’m going to have to travel to Jewett City sometime to see if this theatre is for sale or lease or whatever. Can anyone save me the trip? Does anyone out there know if this theatre is available and what the asking price is? Run properly I think it could be successful.
I hate to criticize, but I would bet that this is probably the most poorly run movie theatre in the entire country. Here’s the story of tonight’s misfortunes:
I went to see the 9:00 showing of Kill Bill. The theatre owner was running the concession stand while his approximately 10-year-old grandson sold the tickets. When the movie starts the theatre owner is supposed to go up to the booth, turn on the projector, and then ensure everything is all set. Apparently he went into the booth, turned the projector on, and then went back to the concession stand. After a couple of minutes I went out to the lobby and told him that he needed to turn off the lights on the theatre, which were still shining brightly. He commented that he had forgotten and then turned them down. Now that it was dark enough to see the picture I went back in and soon realized it was way out of focus. I went out to the lobby, asked the 10-year-old who was the only one out there where the guy running the theatre was and he told me that HE was now the one running the theatre. Apparently the theatre owner had left to do something and for quite a while the theatre was staffed only by one 10-year-old boy (and yes he was 10, I’m not exaggerating). In addition to being out of focus, the picture was too wide for the screen so not only did it shine on the wall next to the screen, but also on the curtains on the side of the auditorium. Also they had it in the wrong place as the bottom of it was below the screen while the top part of the screen was dark. Finally after about 15 minutes the owner returned and focused the movie. Naturally, there was about 10 seconds of darkness when switching from one projector to the other in the middle of the film, and then of course also the picture ran off the opposite side of the screen from the one it was running off before.
I will not go back to this theatre again unless the movie I want to see is playing nowhere else. For $4 I was able to put up with the ratty screen and messed up seats, but such horrid presentation is unacceptable. I have never worked in the movie business, but I swear I could do a better job running a theatre than this guy. Hell, it would literally be impossible to do worse. If only it comes up for sale sometime…
The Modern and the Trans-Lux were separate theatres in the theatre district on Washington Street.
Wow. If the Willimantic Digital Cinemas are really closed that leaves Northeastern Connecticut, with a population of about 250,000 with only one three screen indoor theatre and one three screen seasonal drive-in to serve the entire 250,000 people. The indoor triplex in Colchester is owned by the same man who owned the theatre in Willimantic and two other recently closed theatres, so it could be in danger too. That would leave 250,000 people with NO indoor cinema within a short drive. This could be a great opportunity for the right exhibitor.
The Canaan Colonial Community Theatre group was never in charge of the theatre. They did have a plan to purchase it and restore it, and they even had an agreement with the town of how to do this. However, last year the private owner of the theatre suddenly sold it out from under the noses of this group to Mr. David Ohler who is currently renovating it into a cinema cafe.
The garish Palace signage and the marquee have been removed. As a result the theatre entrance looks a lot less tacky.
The Madison Theater did reopen in 2002, but closed down again in 2003.
I’m not sure who runs the website listed above, but it is not the official one. The official one is at http://thecolonialtheatre.org/ .
The State has long since been demolished. The UConn-Waterbury branch now stands on the site along with a parking lot. The State was previously known as the Bijou and the Rialto. It was right next door to the Poli’s and across the street from the Poli’s Palace.
It’s an independent owner. he has run the theatre for about a year so far, but wants to renovate it to reduce the size of the auditorium and add retail space.
Contrary to what the status above says it isn’t demolished!
The auditorium was demolished, but the marquee remains along with the lobby building. It now houses a senior center.
The above “Status” is wrong. This theatre is closed, but still stands. The interior of the lower level has been gutted, but I hear the balcony may be intact.
The above information is wrong. It is not being turned into a performing arts space. It is currently in use as a sound stage.
The theatre has been gutted for retail space.
Seating capacity is shortly going to be reduced to about 300 with the addition of retail space. More retail space is needed to ensure the financial viability of the building.
The Falls was also known as the Wernick.
According to Yahoo! Maps, from Country Cinema it is 7.6 miles to the 10-plex and 7.8 miles to the 12-plex.
BTW, Larry, you should edit your profile and put a link to your e-mail on there, it would make it much easier to converse!
It can’t go first run because in the city bordering it are twenty-two first run screens and in another small town next to it there are two art screens.
Found another one…
Name: Greenville Drive-In
Location: Greenville, NY
Condition: Open, 1 screen
The Paradise closed in 1994. The status above that says “Renovating” is wrong. It’s likely it will never reopen again as the owners are trying to find a tenant to fill the space. While a theatre would be nice, it will probably end up as retail.
This is the only movie theatre left in Watertown as the Watertown Drive-In is now abandoned and decayed and the Community Theatre now houses a live theatre. I’m not sure of the owner’s name, but he has a foreign accent and runs the cinema with his son, I believe. It is a very poorly operated theatre. It is falling apart and dirty. At least once per show there is a gap in the movie because the next reel is having trouble starting or was threaded wrong. Also, a friend in the business tells me any prints received from Country Cinema are absolutely destroyed. That being said, I still go to movies here because, after all, where else can you see a show for only $4.00?
Check out the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation at http://www.sfneighborhoodtheater.org/ . Their goal is to preserve the neighborhood theatres in San Francisco. Maybe they can assist you. I notice on their website that the Metro Theatre and Alexandria Theatre in San Francisco are for sale, but they both seem to be a lot bigger than what you are looking for.
The official website is http://www.avontheatre.com/
I’d love to know if anyone finds any others for sale on the web. I’m especially interested in any for sale in Connecticut since that is where I live. (Anyone know if anything is being done with the former State Theatre in Jewett City which closed last spring?)