Mitchell's Theatre

West Haven, CT 20319

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MITCHELL'S Theatre; Savin Rock; West Haven, Connecticut.

This theater was located in an amusement park in Savin Rock, a district of West Haven. It also hosted vaudeville shows.

Contributed by Ken McIntyre

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on June 29, 2007 at 12:40 pm

Between 1910 and 1912 there was an open air movie house at Savin Rock, in the Grove, called Mitchell’s. It advertised Vaudeville. They had old one-reel movies of people like Charlie Chaplin, William S. Hart, and Blanche Sweet. Source.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 29, 2007 at 1:29 pm

I have an interesting photo as well, but I have to put it on a disk.

GaryParks
GaryParks on July 2, 2007 at 9:54 pm

I don’t know about the theatre at Savin Rock, but this amusement park used to be frequented by my Dad in the 20s and 30s. The horses from the carousel there found their way in the 70s to California, where they were restored and put into a carousel at Six Flags Magic Mountain.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on September 24, 2007 at 9:15 pm

You can find more information as I did on these theaters at the Savin Rock Museum.

But you should change this to West Haven as Savin Rock is a destination within the city limits.

PaperMemories
PaperMemories on May 27, 2011 at 11:32 pm

The photo from Ken, in the URL was cut down,and is from a full color post card that was published circa 1910.
As stated by Lost Memory, and Shoeshoe, this theatre was in the Grove at Savin Rock, which was an amusement park along the shore, in the small city of West Haven CT.

Savin Rock was the type of amusement park that you did not have to pay an admission charge. You could walk down Beach Street, check out the booths (naturally gambling, and most likely rigged). If you wanted to go on a ride, or merry-go-round, whatever, you paid right there.
There was also a section called “White City” where you did have to pay an admission, and years ago, there was also two (2) Theatres there as well. The Orpheum was one, and the Airdome Theatre where Vaudeville & Motion Pictures were shown.
And, as mentioned above, there also was “The Grove” where the Mitchell was located. All these places, you paid for the individual booth, attraction, Ferris Wheel, Roller Coaster, etc. Except for White City.
Savin Rock’s demise in the early 1960’s came about due to Reconstruction, and ‘land grabbing’ for profit. But, that is a story for another ‘book’.

I wish I knew how to post a URL on this site. I have many theaters on post cards that y'all might like to see. (some time back, I commented on a theatre in Avon, NY, and was asked to sent a pic so he would post it. I did so, and have not seen it on the Avon page yet.

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