Loew's Majestic Theatre

1347 Main Street,
Bridgeport, CT 06604

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DonaldKirk on August 13, 2015 at 11:40 am

I just put a facebook page online to cover our efforts to acquire, restore and reopen the Majestic, Palace Theatres and the Savoy Hotel. While each will maintain their name, if we get them, the entire complex will be named The P.T. Barnum Event Center.


DonaldKirk on August 3, 2015 at 5:33 pm

The original plan, is to get the wiring and “must be done prior to occupancy” things done, so some concerts can be held in one of the theatres (hopefully the Palace; as it seats 1242 more people). That will give us 1) a non-used theatre to work on 2) allow people to see how much work needs to be done; and why $’s, donated items and volunteer help is desperately needed. We also will work to get the storefronts useable, so that we can open 1) a shelf-pull, damaged and closeout store in one or two of the storefronts. 2) a store that sells donated items. Having these two store types open will help raise funds towards the project. They also will draw attention to the fact we are restoring the theatres and hotel. This will help get items donated, additional volunteers and cash donations. Documenting everything and making still pictures, DVD’s and CD’s to sell as fundraisers also will be done. Right now, I need a list of people that are interested in helping; from getting the city to approve letting us do the project, to fundraising, grant-writing, volunteer work in restoration. Thank You! Don Kirk

DonaldKirk on July 29, 2015 at 5:52 pm

On Monday July 27, 2015, I entered what I’m told will be lengthily talks with the City of Bridgeport to either lease or purchase the Palace, Majestic and Savoy Hotel for restoration and operation. I’ve done this before; and I’m a concert promoter/producer of bot big name entertainers and world’s best tribute artists. I will be in Bridgeport mid-October to tour the facilities and would like to meet anyone interested in helping (some paid and some volunteers) restore these grand pieces of Bridgeport history. If interested, please contact me at I live in Far Northern CA; but would move to Bridgeport, if the city and I can come to an agreement. There will also be need of people to help with fundraisers (some will be concerts), festivals and seeking grants. We also will be asking local businesses to donate a substantial amount of the supplies. If enough people reply, I will schedule a meeting someplace, for everyone to attend, while I’m there in October. Again (Don)

DonaldKirk on July 27, 2015 at 6:44 am

I have contacted the city; and they have contacted me about both the Loew’s Majestic and Palice Theatres. I have done theatre restorations in the past; and I also promote & produce big name and top tribute artist entertainers on concert tours.

I am interested in heading up efforts to restore and reopen these two grand theatres, for both live entertainment and film, but need to know that there is enough interest from local residents, to help make that happen. If you are interested, please contact me. Don Thanks.

davidmel on September 24, 2014 at 1:25 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.

davidplomin on August 7, 2014 at 7:51 pm

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

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on December 15, 2011 at 8:42 am

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

bicyclereporter on June 23, 2011 at 12:08 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.

Seamus1972 on November 10, 2010 at 2:57 am

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

Seamus1972 on November 10, 2010 at 2:52 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 on November 10, 2010 at 2:27 am

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

TLSLOEWS on August 17, 2010 at 10:07 am

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.

bicyclereporter on August 16, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Slight mention in CT Post.

TLSLOEWS on August 9, 2010 at 11:22 am

Any more ghost photos?

palacemajestic on March 12, 2010 at 5:40 pm

I’m currently trying to get support to restore the theatres and would like to put together a list of people who
1) could provide some historical information about the site or who attended when it was open (e.g. russello)
2) would be interested in aiding with the restoration project
3) are interested on being on a mailing list about it’s restoration.

If you’re interested please email me at
Thanks, Christina

awertz on February 24, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Found this set of beautiful pictures on flickr. The location is not listed so it makes it difficult to find otherwise.

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TLSLOEWS on December 29, 2009 at 11:21 am

Two more palaces down the tubes.

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[Deleted] on September 9, 2009 at 11:34 am

Hi, Gary. Thanks for your information on the organs in the in the Majestic and the Palace. The photo I was basing my information on was this one on Flickr:


According to the caption, the photo was taken in 2008. I’m not sure whether this console was in the Majestic or Palace portion of the complex. I’m assuming this is an original pipe organ console and is not electronic.

GaryParks on September 4, 2009 at 5:39 pm

A comment about “the organ” referred to two posts above by MikeR.: The organ pipes you see in the recent photos of the Majestic and Palace are display pipes, that is, non-functional, put there just for looks, as is actually done in some churches. The real organ pipes were behind them. The organs themselves—pipes and consoles—were removed from both theatres long ago. In 1990, I toured both the Palace and Majestic with the Theatre Historical Society. A few of us climbed the ladder into one of the organ chambers in the Majestic. There were indeed a few organ pipes in the chamber leaning against a wall, but the chests and wind lines were gone. I can’t speak for the Palace—other than being told that the organ was gone—we were not allowed to go backstage at the Palace, as we were told the stage surface was rotted from roof leaks and might not hold our weight. On the same Conclave tour, we also visited the Poli Palace in Waterbury, CN, a very similar Thomas Lamb design to those in Bridgeport. It too, had display pipes intact, though the organ was gone. The Waterbury Palace has since been restored, which makes me especially happy, as my dad went there frequently when it was new, and his memories are one of the ingredients which kindled my own interest in theatres.

kencmcintyre on May 17, 2009 at 11:08 pm

Here is an August 1958 ad from the Bridgeport Post:

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[Deleted] on May 15, 2009 at 9:30 am

It certainly would be great if both the Majestic and the Palace were restored to their original condition, along with the pipe organ. If this does not happen in the long run, I really do hope someone trys to rescue the organ. Two years ago the Commodore Theater in Brooklyn was torn down (see /theaters/268/)) The Commodore’s original organ was demolished along with it! Let’s hope that the Majestic’s organ does not suffer the same fate.

spectrum on December 23, 2008 at 11:35 am

Here is a whole series of interior photos (267 in the set) of the Loew’s Poli and Majestic Theatres. It appears that most if not all photos were taken in 2008.

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One photo shows the bedraggled organ console still at the Loew’s Poli.

shoeshoe14 on December 10, 2008 at 9:24 pm

This is interesting and was mentioned in the NewsTimes a few weeks ago. It was about a Bridgeport cop who investigated breakins here, The Savoy and at the Colonial and brought his camera with him. He has documented orbs and apparitions of moviegoers in the seats and hooked up with famed CT ghosthunters, The Warrens. http://www.photoshow.com/watch/JE9DF6BY/ Pic 40o-64 with 44 of note.

LuisV on July 15, 2008 at 9:13 am

Isn’t Bridgeport experiencing some kind of revival? It’s heartbreaking to see this.

kencmcintyre on September 8, 2007 at 3:14 pm

Here is a July 1951 ad from the Bridgeport Telegram: