E.M. Loew's Theater

174 Asylum Street,
Hartford, CT 06103

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The E.M. Loew’s Theater was part of the E.M. Loew’s chain out of Boston and was designed by Thomas Lamb. The theater was also known as the Majestic Theater. The theatre was located on the second floor of a building and the lobby on the first floor.

Like many of Hartford’s old movie palaces, it has been demolished.

Contributed by Roger Katz, Andy Rossetti

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William on November 20, 2003 at 12:37 am

The E.M. Loews Theatre was on Asylum Street and it seated 1217 people.

William on December 8, 2003 at 9:24 pm

It was at 174 Asylum Street.

AlLarkin on May 18, 2005 at 9:33 pm

To add to Mr. Katz’s and Mr. Rossetti’s descripion of this theater, the construction was unique in that both the main entrance and backstage faced Asylum St. This meant, not only did one have to go upstairs, but they also had to walk the total length of the theater in order to enter the auditorium. Of course, the balcony was another flight of stairs.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 23, 2007 at 10:53 pm

In the “Images of America” book Hartford, Volume II, on page 52, appears a 1960 photo of the theatre along with the nearby Allyn. Hard to read what was on the marquee at the time. The E.M. Loew’s would be be razed in 1970, along with its neighbor the Allyn, in preparation for the construction of the huge Hartford Civic Center.

TLSLOEWS on November 5, 2009 at 2:51 am

Nice shot of the marquee and vertical, what about the address Asylum Street.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 29, 2010 at 11:40 am

An unusual booking for E.M. Loew’s in April 1950 was the Italian film The Bicycle Thief. The house did not normally show foreign-language films.

TLSLOEWS on July 15, 2010 at 10:50 pm

Elias M. Loew 1898-1984 once owned 70 theatres and 17 drive-ins, a chain of hotels and motels,one being the Gulfstream Drive-in that had a motel built on both sides of the screen it has its own page on C.T.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on August 16, 2010 at 3:13 am

From 1929 a postcard view of downtown Hartford along with the MajesticTheater.

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