Hartford Theatre

895 Main Street,
Hartford, CT 06103

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I found this theater mentioned in a small paragraph in the Sunday New York Times article not on theaters. It was about swing bridges and the Goodspeed Opera House in Connecticut and said the Hartford Theater had vaudeville and silent movies for ten cents.

"The event signaled a new age for commerce. The Hartford Theater (movies and vaudeville, 10 cents for matinees) could finally draw from a town that had been cut off from the western part of the state."

Contributed by Dave Bonan

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 29, 2007 at 9:40 am

It seems possible that this theatre is already listed here under a different name, since no specific address is provided. I would not consider such an offhand comment in that NYT article as the basis for starting a new entry until I had done further research.

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on August 31, 2007 at 1:54 pm

I’ve looked at that story about the swing bridge in the NYT of 8/26/07, and I think there might have been a misunderstanding of the quoted statement. The reference to “the Hartford Theater” could have meant the theatre industry in Hartford, and not a specific theatre. Surely by June, 1913, when the East Haddam Swing Bridge first went into service, Hartford had numerous theatres presenting vaudeville and/or movies. Why would only one called the Hartford Theatre benefit?

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on March 14, 2009 at 4:59 pm

A picture of the Hartford Theatre can be found on this page. http://www.hogriver.org/issues/v01n03/palaces.htm

There was a mention of this publication in today’s NYTimes CT Section, and they included a blurb on the theatres.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 14, 2010 at 11:29 am

There is a Hartford Opera House listed under Hartford in the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. Is it this theater? There are no street addresses in this Guide. It had 2,150 seats and was supposedly on the second floor. Managed by H. Jennings and E. Graves; ticket prices 25 cents to $1. The proscenium opening was 41 feet wide X 40 feet high, and the stage was 38 feet deep. There were 8 in the house orchestra, led by “Professor” Dooley. Another theater listed for Hartford was the Parsons Theatre, 1817 seats. The 1897 population of Hartford was 75,000.

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