Casassa Theatre

255 Main Street,
Danbury, CT 06810

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I found this in the 1908 Danbury City Directory. It is now Martin’s Clothing Store, next to Hat City Ale House (at 253 Main Street). It started showing motion pictures in 1912 as it was listed as such in that year’s directory. Its last listing was in 1913.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

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shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on February 8, 2005 at 12:35 pm

when i googled Casassa, it was an old Italian surname. Throughout many directories through the 40s and 50s, there was an Eleanore Casassa who was a music teacher and clerk. Her clerk address was 7 White Street and her home was at 19 Spring Street. Her husband Frank Casassa was a newsdealer at the time at his office was at 9 White Street. I presume it was their theater.

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on June 4, 2010 at 12:01 pm

I’m very happy today. I was doing research at the Danbury Museum for an unrelated project the last few days and found many pictures of the Palace, Capitol and Empress Theatres, and not just the traditional “Images of America” book pictures. I’ve found countless viewspoints including aerial!!!

I did find a large book of maps from 1909 that had very exact parcels of houses and businesses. The Casassa was listed and I snapped some pics.

Unfortunately, I cannot post pics still, so I’ll send them over to Roger Katz. For folks interested in these great black and white and some color photos, I’d be happy to email them to you in a zipped file. They are great.

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on August 30, 2012 at 8:49 am

I found more info on this theatre at the Danbury Museum while doing unrelated research.

The theater was at 253 Main Street and was called the “Casassa Vaudeville Theater” which operated from 1908-1914.

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on July 7, 2013 at 2:54 pm

This structure was built in 1896 according to vision appraisal.

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