Parkade Cinemas

308 Broad Street,
Manchester, CT 06040

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UA East Theatre exterior

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This was a huge single screen theatre that opened August 10, 1966 as UA Theatre East. The opening movie was “Torn Curtain” starring Paul Newman & Julie Andrews. It was tripled on April 11, 1973. Eventually chopped up into four auditoriums. An addition to the building increased the number of theatres to six. Hoyts closed the Manchester 6 in January 2001. Hoyts could not get first run product after the Showcase Cinemas Buckland Hills opened across town, and really did not want to keep operating as a sub-run theatre. After sitting dormant for nearly six years it reopened as the Parkade Cinemas on December 1, 2006 with plans to show movies as well as live entertainment.

Contributed by Roger Katz

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 7, 2006 at 5:20 pm

See the photos I took in 2002 and 2005 of the building’s interior and exterior during its abandonment of 5 years or so at http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/458.html . As soon as I take photos of the remodelled cinemas they will be there as well.

e1337n00b
e1337n00b on March 12, 2008 at 1:27 am

It’s nice having a second run theater back. Thought they didn’t exist in CT anymore until this place reopened.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 22, 2017 at 7:27 pm

This opened on August 10th, 1966. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

rivest266
rivest266 on February 24, 2017 at 3:33 am

Three screens on April 11th, 1973. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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