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Joseph DiFrancesco was the original owner, but I’m guessing someone else was actually the professional architect. In fact, I think I read about the architect somewhere… If I can ever find that source again I’ll post more info. At least a few elements of the original design were similar to the Forest Theater in West Haven. Glass ticket booth front and center, snack bar to the rear of the auditorium instead of out in the lobby…
Should be noted that this theater was known as the “Cheshire Theater” up until the 60’s when the facade and decor was updated (yuk) and the name changed. It had a modest stage and in earlier years, was used for vaudeville type shows, town meetings, and who knows what else.
The crazy part shouldn’t be a problem… ;)
In spite of my close association with Save Our Cinema, the Cheshire Historical Society, and many other long-time Cheshire residents, I can’t seem to find any pictures of the Cheshire Theater from the 1950’s or earlier. I’m guessing it’s construction would’ve been very big local news in the early 1920’s, so pictures must’ve been taken, but where are they? I did have the opportunity to take video of most every nook and cranny of the theater and also do a bit of archeological digging and artifact collection there just days before the demolition. I also have a set of prelimenary architectural drawings of the building that I commissioned for a possible renovation. So, I guess I could have a replica built someday if I were rich and crazy enough.