Aetna Theatre at the Wadsworth Atheneum
600 Main Street,
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Styles: Art Deco
Previous Names: Avery Memorial Theatre
For many years the Wadsworth Atheneum has been presenting excellent film programs for the discriminating viewer. The emphasis is on international cinema of recent vintage, both released and yet-to-be-released films.
The theatre itself is a lovely Art-Deco style jewel that has been used for concerts, films, and other events. The staged premiere of the the Virgil Thompson opera "Four Saint in Three Acts" took place here in 1934. By 1945 the Avery Memorial Theatre was screening movies. It is a wonderful characterful place to see a movie in Hartford, a city which is blessed with more alternative cinema than most cities its size.
The cinema is located in the lower level of the museum, off a wonderful lobby decorated with murals. A secondary entrance to the museum from Grove Street leads to the stairway or elevator which take patrons down to the theatre.
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