Newington Theatre

40 Cedar Street,
Newington, CT 06111

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The New Newington Theatre was originally a single screen moviehouse which opened in August 1941. It remained a single screen until 1993 when the main auditorium was cut in half creating two long, thin, tunnel-like screening rooms.

It closed down in 1999 and was slated for demolition to make room for a CVS drugstore. However, the CVS was built down the street and the Newington Theatre sat abandoned, awaiting its curtain call until June 2002 when demolition finally began.

Contributed by Roger Katz

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SpikeSpiegel6262044 on January 31, 2006 at 4:02 pm

It’s a Brooks Pharmacy, Walgreens is going to be on the Berlin Turnpike where an old house used to stand. See how weird my town is?
Another memory from my childhood. I remember the fun I had in this theatre and I remember that it had a few little murals, it had a little blue clock near the exit door. When you came in, it had a red carpet and mirrors and I think it also had a balcony at one time. A very nice Greek couple owned it, I remember them, Demetrius and Paula Kounaris, they ran it with their sons and they had a lady named Mary there who worked the concession stand. Before Asia Grocery moved in, then out of the little store front. There was a comic book store called The Eye Opener there, it’s in Mazzocolli Plaza now, near Vitos Pizza and a barber shop occupied the other side. It’s still called Theatre Newington Plaza and don’t forget to pay a visit to Barb’s and Starbucks.

If the Kounaris kids had kept it as a theatre, it would have been a nice home for the local community theater in town.

SpikeSpiegel6262044 on January 31, 2006 at 4:10 pm

It was also the only place in town that had a Flying Buttress.

rgdei8 on June 5, 2006 at 8:02 pm

does anyone have any old pictures of this theater. I live across the street from the brooks where the theater used to be.

SpikeSpiegel6262044 on June 12, 2006 at 4:28 pm

Hi there neighbor! Well, you can look up old Newington Theater pictures on Cinema Tour.

rgdei8 on June 17, 2006 at 5:45 pm

Thanks, I checked them out and they are pretty cool. Also I was on ebay and found an old program from 1941 from that theatre. Check it out, its ebay item # 7616531246

maysell23 on August 3, 2006 at 5:25 am

I used to go to this theater when I was a kid, with my grandmother who lived in New Britain. I remember seeing “Hello Dolly” there, and then “The Love Machine”,when I was a teenager.
I lived in the area around 1993-96, and I went there a few times when it was a bargain theatre. I saw “The Shadow” with Alec Baldwin and the Clint Eastwood movie where he played a secret service agent.
Nice little theatre, sorry that it is gone.

e1337n00b on March 11, 2008 at 10:26 pm

I hated when they split this theater in half, it’s the only 1 screen old kind of theater I went to as a child, then when they split it in half and I went back I was wondering why they did it.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on July 10, 2010 at 4:03 pm

Write up in BOxoffice April 1993 about it becoming a twin theatre.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 28, 2011 at 11:58 am

My photos of it are at from the day demolition began.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 7, 2014 at 6:56 pm

The June 30, 1941, issue of The Film Daily said that the New Newington Theatre would be ready to open in early August. The original owner was named Fred Quatrano. The name New Newington was in use for this house at least as late as 1945, but I haven’t found any references to an earlier Newington Theatre.

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