Loew's Palace Theatre

1325 Main Street,
Bridgeport, CT 06604

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Loew's Palace Theatre

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The Loew’s Poli Theatre was the biggest movie theatre ever erected in Connecticut, and the largest among Bridgeport’s 20-plus theatres.

The Loew’s Poli Theatre is one of two theatres built inside a single building (the other being the Majestic Theatre). The former Loew’s Poli Theatre has clearly seen better days.

Later renamed Loew’s Palace Theatre, it is similar in style to the Waterbury Palace Theatre which is itself a former Loew’s Poli Theatre.

The Loew’s Palace Theatre was screening adult movies in the Winter of 1974, (the Majestic Theatre had closed in 1971) and the Palace Theatre was closed in 1975.

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

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sam siklas
sam siklas on August 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm

These two twins could still be saved. The roof was replaced some time ago. It would be more feasible to re-do them gradually. First, get one of the lobby areas and foyers in decent shape, with enough electric, water, and heat to make it useable. Weddings, receptions, special events to be held there. To do this piece by piece seems more viable. == Sam ==

rivest266
rivest266 on August 28, 2011 at 10:14 am

I upload an grand opening ad in this theatre’s webpage.

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on October 13, 2011 at 9:33 am

Check out my latest blog post featuring the Loew’s Palace Theatre.

After the Final Curtain

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on May 5, 2012 at 3:50 pm

Click here for an exterior view of the Fox Poli Theatre in 1929.

TheALAN
TheALAN on June 11, 2014 at 4:49 pm

I agree. This theater doesn’t look all that bad! Very salvageable.

TheALAN
TheALAN on June 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Now an update. The marquees for both theaters had deteriorated to the point that wooden blocks were constructed to keep them up. For safety concerns, both marquees have since been removed. The vertical signs that rose above the marquees are long gone! Fire escapes have also been removed. At street level, movie themed murals were painted and now cover the façade. Concrete barricades surround the façade at the curb. A sign reads: Poli, Majestic Theaters & Hotel — Part of the Downtown Arts and Entertainment Revitalization Project. Another, older sign reads: STORES AVAILABLE.

RELIGIOUS
RELIGIOUS on January 29, 2015 at 2:12 pm

OH GOD the memories of yesterdays past,the beauty has slipped away from us never to return. RICH SATTANNI/AUTHOR/BPT CT

DonaldKirk
DonaldKirk on July 29, 2015 at 5:48 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
DonaldKirk on August 2, 2015 at 5:55 pm

The city tells me that both theatres are in pretty “bad” condition (mortar in outer brick walls needs attention. A lot of the plaster is falling down. “ALL” the wiring needs replaced. Because the theatres and hotel are registered as historical landmarks (both outside and inside), a lot of different agencies need to approve any plans for restoration. I fully intend to do what I can to win approval from the city to undertake the restoration; but….. Much of the work will need to be volunteered. A large part of the supplies needed will have to be donated. I will work with locals to form a “Friends” nonprofit that will help with much of that. I really need you to volunteer and get others to do the same, just t get city approval. Don

DonaldKirk
DonaldKirk on August 3, 2015 at 5:34 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

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