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.

Contributed by Cinema Treasures

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Simon Overton
Simon Overton on February 25, 2011 at 11:30 am

Yes, “Trousercowboy”… This poor old lady looks as though she’s way beyond help.
The owners should remove what is salvageable before the building collapses and destroys the remaining items which could be displayed in a museum.

bicyclereporter on June 23, 2011 at 12:10 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.

LuisV on June 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm

When was the photo in the profile taken? There is a banner that says “Majestic Theatre Restoration” Next to it, it looks like is says City of Bridgeport, but I can’t make out what it says under that.

This theater doesn’t look that bad at all. It is easily salvageable. Of course it is a matter of money. Who will provide it and just as important, how will it fund itself once renovated. It’s a tragedy as these theaters are just so beautiful.

bicyclereporter on June 23, 2011 at 2:14 pm

It must be new. I was in Bport last week but forgot to check on it.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on June 24, 2011 at 8:39 am

Hi All — Sorry to disappoint, but I took this (profile) photo in 2001. Whatever “restoration” was underway apparently has not been completed. It’s sad that a decade later these two gems are still sitting there.

bicyclereporter on June 24, 2011 at 9:31 am

They did film inside for a horrible Steven Seagal movie a few years back. There are pictures of the event in the CT Post.

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 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.

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