492 Farmington Avenue,
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The Colonial Theater was once a beautiful, Neo-Classical style treasure in Hartford’s West End. Opened on September 13, 1926 with Viola Dana in “Bred in Old Kentucky”. It was equipped with a Marr and Colton organ. By 1933 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. The Colonial Theater became a venue for Cinerama from September 20, 1961 playing “This Is Cinerama”. It closed in July 1984 after surviving on a diet of Spanish-language, kung fu, blaxploitation and adult porn films.
After an almost 20 year silence, preservationists fought a tough battle against developers in 2000 – and lost. Most of the theater has now been demolished and only its skeleton remains.
A new restaurant was built behind the façade of the Colonial Theater and opened in July of 2004.
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