Howard Theatre

414 Howard Avenue,
New Haven, CT 06510

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The Howard Theatre was opened in early-1929, designed by architect Charles H. Abramowitz. It is located right over the Amtrak and Metro North rail line, a stone’s throw from Union Station. A police substation is next door. It was a small neighborhood theatre and you can tell by it’s red brick long structure. It is now a church.

I stopped by a second time yesterday and a parishioner/custodian told me in my 10 second questioning that it was a supermarket after the theater closed and is now a church.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 2, 2007 at 1:53 am

An Austin theater organ opus 1605 size 3/7 was installed in the Howard Theater in 1928.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on November 2, 2007 at 8:27 pm

I love your organistic validations, Lost Memory.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on November 2, 2007 at 8:42 pm

Thanks. Even if your not interested in the theater organ itself, the installation date or year in this case can help establish some sort of a timeline. At least we know that this theater existed in 1928.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on November 2, 2007 at 8:46 pm

Exactly. Thank you.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 25, 2007 at 10:08 pm

This building looks like a former garage or something rather than a theatre. It has a low ceiling, bricked-over windows in the walls, and no pilasters.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on December 26, 2007 at 10:11 pm

Yeah, I know. But they assured me it was a theatre and a supermarket.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 31, 2007 at 1:46 am

There’s an old photo of the Howard Theatre at http://www.cinematour.com/tour/us/16489.html and it doesn’t look at all like what is there now. Apparently in the old photo it had been converted into a bowling alley.

yllib1020
yllib1020 on April 22, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I remember going to The Howard for a great double-bill ( a thing of the past for sure) of King Kong and Might Joe Young.

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