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

Recent comments (view all 47 comments)

LuisV
LuisV on June 23, 2011 at 4:48 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
bicyclereporter on June 23, 2011 at 5:14 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 11:39 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
bicyclereporter on June 24, 2011 at 12:31 pm

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 11:23 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 1:14 pm

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

Matt Lambros
Matt Lambros on October 13, 2011 at 12:33 pm

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 6:50 pm

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

TheALAN
TheALAN on June 11, 2014 at 7:49 pm

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

TheALAN
TheALAN on June 13, 2014 at 11:00 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.

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