Comments from Roger Katz

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Roger Katz commented about Civic Theatre on Apr 1, 2004 at 5:52 pm

477 Congress Street is Merrill Auditorium, formerly the City Hall Auditorium, opened in 1912 as part of the city hall complex. It seats 1900 people. I don’t think that this is the building pictured in the postcard on this page, and I’m not sure it is the building described either.

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Roger Katz commented about Ville Theater on Mar 31, 2004 at 6:48 pm

I’ll have to drive by tomorrow and check it out! It’s sad how many old theatres were just abandoned and not even cleaned out. I have seen dozens that still have posters, soda fountains, rolls of tickets, napkins, and everything else still sitting where they were the day the theatre closed, even if it was over a decade ago.

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Roger Katz commented about Roosevelt Theatre on Mar 28, 2004 at 12:04 pm

The Roosevelt Theatre is closed.

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Roger Katz commented about Palace Theater on Mar 27, 2004 at 6:21 am

There is also a slideshow of a few renovation photos of the Palace on the NVDC’s site at View link – one of them contains our soon-to-be-impeached governor!

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Roger Katz commented about Palace Theater on Mar 27, 2004 at 6:19 am

84-110 is the span of the block that runs alongside the Palace. It will contain restaurants, retail shops and offices. The theatre itself, though, is at 100 East Main.

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Roger Katz commented about Palace Theater on Mar 26, 2004 at 8:31 pm

The address for this theatre is wrong. It is at 100 East Main St. I was in there in Summer 2002 after renovations began, but have not been in recently now that they are nearly finished I can’t wait until the grand reopening this fall!

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Roger Katz commented about Palace Performing Arts Center on Mar 26, 2004 at 8:20 pm

That is not the website of the Palace in New Haven, but of another Palace in another city. it has no website and it is owned by a non-profit organization at this time. Apparently all seats have been removed.

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Roger Katz commented about Westerly Cinemas on Mar 26, 2004 at 5:38 pm

The former Westerly Cinemas 4 are now a Pets Plus and a Blockbuster. The building, which was white as a cinema, has been repainted a horrific shade of pink. It was run by the Hoyts chain before it closed. Built in the 1970’s, it was previously run by Interstate Theatres. Hoyts closed it in winter 2000 after they opened the Stonington Cinemas nearby. A photo of it as a cinema can be seen at View link

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Roger Katz commented about Ridgeway Theatre on Mar 25, 2004 at 5:25 pm

Still not demolished. Renovations into office space have been completed.

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Roger Katz commented about Old Saybrook Cinema on Mar 25, 2004 at 5:23 pm

…it’s just closed.

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Roger Katz commented about Clockwork Repertory Theatre on Mar 25, 2004 at 5:22 pm

I’ll say it again, this is OPEN as a live theatre called the Clockwork Repertory Theater and the listing should reflect that. The projection booth is still up above the lobby and is used for lighting. You can still see the lines on the floor from when this building was used as a basketball court.

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Roger Katz commented about Clockwork Repertory Theatre on Mar 25, 2004 at 5:22 pm

I’ll say it again, this is OPEn as a live theatre called the Clockwork Repertory Theater and the listing should reflect that. The projection booth is still up above the lobby and is used for lighting. You can still see the lines on the floor from when this building was used as a basketball court.

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Roger Katz commented about Palace Performing Arts Center on Mar 25, 2004 at 5:10 pm

Oh, and the current seating capacity is 1,500.

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Roger Katz commented about Palace Performing Arts Center on Mar 25, 2004 at 5:05 pm

Anyone know what is going on with the Palace? I know it had financial problems and is not currently hosting any shows. I heard rumors that it was renovating and may reopen this spring. Anyone have the details?

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Roger Katz commented about York Square Cinema on Mar 25, 2004 at 5:04 pm

The York Square opened in 1970. With a five screen art cinema scheduled to open downtown this fall and legal proceedings not being very successful against the film distributors, the York Square’s days are probably numbered

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Roger Katz commented about Tower Theater on Mar 25, 2004 at 5:02 pm

I heard it’s clothing optional. ;)

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Roger Katz commented about Palace Theatre on Mar 25, 2004 at 5:01 pm

Sadly, all those old Danbury cinemas have closed since and the onlu theatre left in town is a Loews monsterplex. Most have been demolished. The Palace stands abandoned and the Empress next door has been carved into stores and a live music club, but all the rest are gone. The city tried to talk the group who has reopened the Avon in Stamford into rehabbing the Palace, but the theatre too far gone.

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Roger Katz commented about Warner Theatre on Mar 24, 2004 at 4:00 pm

This marquee looks AMAZING when it is fully lit at night.

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Roger Katz commented about Killer Trees to Attack the Warner?!? on Mar 24, 2004 at 3:59 pm

The movie was hilarious. It was filmed about a block from my house. I enjoyed seeing scenes from my hometown in the film. However, they used a tiny rented screen to show it on. I hope the Warner installs projection equipment and a full size screen to show movie events and host film festivals.

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Roger Katz commented about State Theater on Mar 24, 2004 at 3:57 pm

Stoughton Cinema Pub has a website at http://www.stoughtoncinema.com/

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Roger Katz commented about Forest Theatre on Mar 23, 2004 at 1:14 pm

Meg,

I agree it would be a great theatre to save, but if it is unused for 10 years it will be in no shape to run movies, and it just isn’t worth $10,000 per month to use as a cinema. The owner is right when he says that whoever buys it will probably demolish it. Economically it just isn’t feasible. As for first run movies, a Showcase Cinemas multiplex is only 4 miles away, so that is not doable. The film distributors won’t even permit the york Square 3 next to the Yale campus in downtown New Haven to have first run product (there is an ongoing lawsuit in that case) so the Forest wouldn’t stand a chance. As for art films, with 12 screens in New Haven showing art movies (York Square 3, Cine 1-2-3-4, and the Criterion 5 which opens this fall) there isn’t any chance of getting those either. Sub run split product on the single screen could possibly work, but twinning it would guarantee more success. Also, I’m not sure what seats you saw, but the ones I saw were dirty and many were missing their cushions. With renovations the theatre could be great again. Unfortunately, that isn’t going to happen.

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Roger Katz commented about Tower Theater on Mar 21, 2004 at 3:05 pm

There is no Watertown Road in Wtby. It was Watertown Avenue.

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Roger Katz commented about RKO Quad on Mar 21, 2004 at 3:04 pm

The address for this theatre is incorrect. 595 Main St. is the address for the New Rochelle Theatre. Proctor’s Theatre is at 572-580 Main St.

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Roger Katz commented about Tower Theater on Mar 21, 2004 at 4:43 am

WAS, not IS. There is no spot for 54 Watertown Avenue anymore with Route 8 running right through where the neighborhood used to be.

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Roger Katz commented about Bijou Cinema on Mar 18, 2004 at 8:41 am

The Bijou’s website is http://www.bijoucinema.org/