Roxy Theatre

71 Wall Street,
Norwalk, CT 06850

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The Regent Theatre was opened in 1915. I used to go see Max Creek and Widespread Panic at the Globe Theater in Norwalk. The first time I went there was in 1994. The last Creek show I saw was in October of 1998 and this was a great regional venue. The sound was weird as it circulated around. When you went into the balcony, you always felt like you would fall down because of the steep angle. (The floor below had no seats – it was all general admission). There was the regular balcony and then another small one above it where we all went to smoke up and nobody cared. The floor was small but the theater looked big from the parking lot.

It eventually closed down and reopened as the Roxy Theatre but the owners kept mismanaging it like the Globe and since closed again.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 19, 2005 at 8:51 am

This was known as the Norwalk Theatre in its early days.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on July 26, 2006 at 12:07 pm

I stopped by there the other day. All retail in front is no longer and there’s a great mural on the side of the auditorium that I don’t remember ever being there. The nearby Garden Cinemas is behing this theater.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on December 5, 2007 at 12:59 pm

Opened in 1916 as the Regent at 73 Wall Street, per the City Directory. Becomes the Norwalk Theatre in 1939 at 71 Wall. In 1986 it’s listed as the Cinemanational Theatre Operations as well. Last listed in 1989.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on December 6, 2007 at 2:58 pm

The 1989 listing says Loew’s Norwalk Theatre.

KennethJacowitz
KennethJacowitz on November 14, 2010 at 2:45 pm

I was the manager for CinemaNational from around 1985 to 1987. This was an old vaudeville theatre with a stage and proscenium arch. Carbon arc projector when I was there. Wasn’t showing the better films like when I managed the Greenwich Twin in Greenwich, CT, more like “Halloween III,” Friday the 13th part 6, “Purple Rain”, “Batchelor Party”, etc.

rivest266
rivest266 on September 3, 2011 at 7:35 am

News article at http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=L500AAAAIBAJ&sjid=ZW0FAAAAIBAJ&pg=3835%2C6739324

gd14lawn
gd14lawn on June 4, 2013 at 8:52 pm

New article at: http://wp.me/pJ1hk-2qh

rfkjunior
rfkjunior on November 7, 2014 at 7:47 am

Kenneth — I would love to get in touch with you regarding some questions I have about the theater — is there a way to do so?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 7, 2014 at 11:00 am

The Regent Theatre opened in 1915. This item is from the December, 1915, issue of the trade union journal The Motorman and Conductor:

“COMPLIMENTS OF THEATER MANAGER.

“Norwalk, Conn.—In November the members of Div. No. 476 were each presented with two attendance tickets to the picture play entitled "The Birth of a Nation.” The compliment was extended by the management of the Regent Theater of Norwalk.

“Our benefit drawing with a Hamilton watch as the prize resulted in drawing of the watch by Judge J. T. Hubbell of Norwalk. The Judge very kindly returned the watch to us under provision that it should be chanced off among our members. The result is that Motorman J. H. Wilmott Is now running the Short Line by it.

“On Dec. 13 we held a musical comedy benefit at the Regent Theater. It was a success.”

The theater is now being renovated by a non-profit organization, and is to eventually reopen as the Wall Street Theatre. This is their web site. Their history page says the Regent opened in September, 1915. There is an undated photo of its reopening as the Norwalk Theatre. The first movie shown under the new name was the 1939 production The Story of Alexander Graham Bell. The Norwalk Theatre closed in October, 1989, with the movie Kickboxer.

KennethJacowitz
KennethJacowitz on November 7, 2014 at 2:42 pm

rfkjunior, how can I contact you ? Or can you please pose your questions here?

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