Loew's Majestic Theatre

1347 Main Street,
Bridgeport, CT 06604

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davidmel
davidmel on September 24, 2014 at 9:25 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
davidplomin on August 8, 2014 at 3:51 am

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 4:42 pm

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

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on June 23, 2011 at 8:08 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
Seamus1972 on November 10, 2010 at 10:57 am

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

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

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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 17, 2010 at 6:07 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.

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on August 17, 2010 at 7:20 am

Slight mention in CT Post.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 9, 2010 at 7:22 pm

Any more ghost photos?

palacemajestic
palacemajestic on March 13, 2010 at 1:40 am

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
awertz on February 24, 2010 at 11:43 pm

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

View link

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on December 29, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Two more palaces down the tubes.

deleted user
[Deleted] on September 9, 2009 at 7:34 pm

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:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/nespirit/2567163173/

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
GaryParks on September 5, 2009 at 1:39 am

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
kencmcintyre on May 18, 2009 at 7:08 am

Here is an August 1958 ad from the Bridgeport Post:
http://tinyurl.com/p57x6t

deleted user
[Deleted] on May 15, 2009 at 5:30 pm

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
spectrum on December 23, 2008 at 7:35 pm

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
shoeshoe14 on December 11, 2008 at 5:24 am

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
LuisV on July 15, 2008 at 5:13 pm

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

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on September 8, 2007 at 11:14 pm

Here is a July 1951 ad from the Bridgeport Telegram:
http://tinyurl.com/34euk7

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on June 18, 2007 at 8:08 am

Third from the bottom. View link

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on June 18, 2007 at 8:06 am

In the middle of the page. View link

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on August 17, 2006 at 8:16 pm

But people have lives and other theaters they are into.

LuisV
LuisV on August 17, 2006 at 7:29 pm

I foolishly assume that if people talk about plans for a certain theater on the website that they would follow up with updates as they find out. That is what I would do. So yes, I do rely on others just as I would expect others to rely on me if the shoe were on the other foot. :–)