Palace 17

330 New Park Avenue,
Hartford, CT 06106

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Bow Tie Palace 17 Palace 17 and BTX

The giant screen in the Odyssey Theater is over five stories tall with a six-track digital sound system powered by 18,000 watts.

All the screens have stadium seating and Dolby Digital sound.

Bow-Tie closed this location with the Covid-19 pandemic. It was announced on June 10, 2020 that the Palace 17 will be closed permanently. It was taken over by Apple Cinemas and reopened in October 2020.

Contributed by Dave Bonan, Ken Roe

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John Fink
John Fink on November 6, 2010 at 12:16 am

I visited this evening and for now I’ll tell you the Cinema City section consists of part of the left wing – theaters 11, 12, 13, 14, and 15. They have their own concession stand, a few bits of remodeling and more poster cases were added, as were a pictures of the original Cinema City which I think is a nice touch in addition to the Cinema City branding that appears. Cinema City also has a dedicated box office – the box office (although I was there slightly earlier than prime time) seems to be running more efficiently than it was under Crown who would schedule every movie to start between 7 and 8 – a mess on weekends. I do have a legit complaint that I’ve voiced to corporate first – I wouldn’t want to be accused of pulling a Tomas Kent or anything.

John Fink
John Fink on November 14, 2010 at 1:27 pm

I got a very quick response from Joe (next day) – and passes in the mail. What happened (a projection issue) could have happened at any theatre, before digital alleviating many common projection problems I counted National Amusements and Dipson Theatres (Western NY) as the best in the country for 35MM projection and even they had the occasional problem screening. There is one theatre I regularly comment on because for the past 10 years they’ve been providing poor projection at first run prices. The Palace is one that I don’t know that well, and secondly I doubt it’s the norm – I had been here twice before under Bow Tie and didn’t have any issues.

Despite the higher ticket prices and no student rate which I think is a shame with the colleges in the area including UHa which has an excellent Cinema Studies program, things look to have improved especially with the addition of Cinema City at the Palace, an additional screen for art/indie film makes me happy to see. (Film culture in Hartford is alive and well with the announced addition of a new Cinema Grill and with the growth in attendance at Hartford International Film Festival, which I was in town to screen my film at)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 4, 2013 at 10:34 pm

The Palace was designed for Crown Cinema Corporation by Port Washington, New York, architect James Thomas Martino. The City of Hartford requested the rather traditional movie palace facade, a departure from the more adventurous designs Martino usually did for Crown. The theater had a total of 3,611 seats.

ImaxGeek
ImaxGeek on May 30, 2016 at 10:35 pm

Does anyone have any information on the Odyssey Theater. I think was is a 8/70 theater. Is there raked seating? I think the Odyssey Theater is now a BTX theater.

John Fink
John Fink on May 31, 2016 at 12:24 am

The Odyssey Theater was a purpose built large screen format screen with stadium seating sight-lines quite comparable to legacy IMAX and big curved screen. I’m sure that hasn’t changed with the digital upgrade – I can only speak for it when they were showing “enhanced 35MM” in the Crown days but the sound and presentation was quite good although like IMAX the screen didn’t have masking.

(This screen is much larger than the mini-IMAX National Amusements opened at Buckland Hills – despite opening with 15/70MM they sandwiched a slightly larger screen into a 250 seat, two story room — the was of course the beginning of the “lie-max” era!)

rivest266
rivest266 on February 26, 2017 at 10:22 am

This opened on October 27th, 2000. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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rivest266
rivest266 on February 26, 2017 at 10:33 am

The Odyssey’s projector failed on opening day

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and still having trouble on November 28th

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fred1
fred1 on June 10, 2020 at 6:08 pm

Bow Tie cinemas has announce that the Palace won’t reopen once restrictions are lifted they choose not to renewal their lease. The landlord is looking for another operater

robboehm
robboehm on June 10, 2020 at 10:08 pm

fred 1 We’re going to see a lot of that.

BigScreen_com
BigScreen_com on October 14, 2020 at 5:08 pm

This theater is being taken over by Apple Cinemas: Hartford, CT: Bow Tie Palace 17 & BTX Theater Gets New Management [Jun 19, 2020]

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