E.M. Loew's Theatre

174 Asylum Street,
Hartford, CT 06103

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DavidZornig on July 26, 2016 at 6:18 am

Circa 1965 photo added courtesy of the Hemmings Motor News Facebook page.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on January 26, 2016 at 6:36 am

Constructed within the four walls of a commercial building that had been gutted by fire, the Majestic opened on February 8th, 1915, with photoplays only. The cinema operated as the Majestic for nearly fifteen years, but the conversion to sound bankrupted the owners, who sold the operating lease to E.M.Loew. After some renovations, the theatre re-opened as E. M. Loew’s on March 22nd, 1930. “Majestic” was scrapped, and never attached to the new branding.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on August 15, 2010 at 7:13 pm

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

TLSLOEWS on July 15, 2010 at 2:50 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.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 29, 2010 at 3:40 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 November 4, 2009 at 6:51 pm

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

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 23, 2007 at 2:53 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.

AlLarkin on May 18, 2005 at 1:33 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.

William on December 8, 2003 at 1:24 pm

It was at 174 Asylum Street.

William on November 19, 2003 at 4:37 pm

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