Elite Theatre

317 Main Street,
Danbury, CT 06810

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I found this in the 1909 Danbury City Directory.

It was probably open for just about a year as it wasn’t listed in the 1910 Directory. It was a building, three stories high and boxlike. It’s at the corner of Main Street and Crosby Street.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 8, 2005 at 10:44 am

Back in 1909 ALL cinemas were one screen.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on February 8, 2005 at 5:37 pm

oops. i realized that after i typed it. how obvious. there are also apartments upstairs.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on July 8, 2005 at 3:37 pm

The building now houses a Subway restaurant and ARC offices (Association of Religious Communities).

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on January 11, 2009 at 1:15 am

It really helps to read the “Do you remember?” feature in the Sunday paper.

100 years ago

The first floor of the Godfrey Block at the corner of Main and Crosby streets in Danbury is being made by its owner, E.G. Godfrey, into a motion picture theater, with a seating capacity of 500 people.

So please change seating capacity to 500.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on April 19, 2009 at 12:35 pm

Er. Make that 400 seats. From “Do you Remember?”

100 years ago

The Elite Motion Picture Theater, at the corner of Main and Crosby streets in Danbury, was opened last week. It has a seating capacity of 400.

A new automatic lantern, that makes it impossible for the film to come into contact with fire, is used in the theater. Martin Brennan illustrated songs at the opening performances. Admission is 10 cents for adults and 5 cents for children.

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on June 4, 2010 at 5:57 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 Elite was listed at the spot in my first post. Cool to see anyway.

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.

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