Loew's Majestic Theatre

1347 Main Street,
Bridgeport, CT 06604

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Majestic Theatre

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One of two theatres in the Majestic Theatre building (the other being the Loew’s Palace Theatre), the Majestic Theatre is a former Loew’s Poli movie palace that (in 2000) was supposedly about to undergo a slow, but hopeful restoration.

The reopening of the Majestic Theatre as a performing arts center, along with the adjoining Palace Theatre, is part of an effort to revitalize the downtown of one of the nation’s most beleaguered cities. The $40 million dollar renovation would bring the 1920’s era vaudeville and movie houses back to life, and establish them as cultural and performing arts centers for the region.

For now, the theatres sit and await their curtain calls. The marquees for both theatres have decayed to the point where wooden blocks were constructed to hold them up. The Majestic Theatre and Palace Theatre are similar in exterior appearance to the 3,500-seat Waterbury Palace Theatre, also designed by Thomas Lamb for the Poli chain which later became part of Loew’s.

The Loew’s Majestic Theatre was closed in 1971, and there was talk of it possibly reopening in the Summer of 1976, but to date, this has not happened. (the Palace Theatre closed in 1975 after several years in use as an adult movie theatre).

Contributed by Ross Melnick

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 9, 2010 at 2:22 pm

Any more ghost photos?

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on August 17, 2010 at 2:20 am

Slight mention in CT Post.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 17, 2010 at 1:07 pm

Its amazing to see in the photos that the projection equiptment is still there,although in bad shape I am sure.I quess it is hard enough to restore one theatre,but 2 in the same building!Matbe they could at least restore one of them, maybe the one still in the best shape, I know that is wishful thinking.

Seamus1972
Seamus1972 on November 10, 2010 at 5:27 am

Wanna hear this?…I spent 4 nights in the Majestic….

Seamus1972
Seamus1972 on November 10, 2010 at 5:52 am

To whom It may conceren….
I am not a very good speller…..BUT…I would like to tell my story,…It is VERY true.,…..strange,..but true.
I was born and raised in and around Bridgeport Patheticut,.June 5th,..1972. Out of this recent time of this craazy spinning rock..I know this is not my first time around……..Anyway,..Am living in Vermont and had to come back to Ct. to take care of motor vehicular mayhem that I left behind…..
Long story short,….I spent 4 nights in the Majestic…..

They were nice to me,…They let themselves be known, but did not torment me….

If anyone would like to hear further on this matter,….PLEASE contact me,….I will never EVER be the same…..

Seamus1972
Seamus1972 on November 10, 2010 at 5:57 am

I have pictures on my cell phone….Please can we save her???

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on June 23, 2011 at 3:08 am

From a CT Post article on urban blight, the sister theaters are mentioned in the “theater district ” section. http://bit.ly/mpDpmM

Picture #11 isn’t mentioned by name but is the Hippodrome Theater on Stratford Avenue, which was in operation from 1907-1964.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on December 15, 2011 at 11:42 am

I recently photographed the inside of the Majestic Theatre. Check out my blog post at After the Final Curtain

davidplomin
davidplomin on August 7, 2014 at 10:51 pm

Hey Seamus1972. Your story piques my interest. Email me at: . I LOVE a good ghost story. I have a few theater ones myself..

davidmel
davidmel on September 24, 2014 at 4:25 pm

Anyone interested in joining our grassroots effort to renovate the (Poli) Palace & Majestic theaters in Downtown Bridgeport & help revitalize the Downtown area, please join our Facebook page “CHAMPIONS OF BRIDGEPORT’S HISTORIC PRESERVATION”. We just started & need support. Monthly meetings are under way & future fundraisers are in the works.

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