Cinepolis West Hartford

42 South Main Street,
West Hartford, CT 06107

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Cinepolis West Hartford

Opened on November 2, 2007. The theater features custom-designed seating, Dolby Digital sound in every auditorium, fresh popcorn served with real butter, and an assortment of baked goods served with fresh brewed coffee.

Decorations in the Criterion Cinemas were by designer Michael Mahaffey. It was operated by Bow-Tie Cinemas. It was taken over by Cinepolis in July 2016.

Contributed by Joe Masher

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on November 20, 2007 at 11:42 pm

This listing says it has 6 screens. I had thought it had 5.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 10, 2008 at 11:14 pm

I don’t know why anyone would care about digital projection. I don’t think there are more than a handful of movies that come out digitally anyway. The projection when I saw No Country For Old Men here was clear and in focus with no dust or scratches on the print. I’m glad they do not have stadium seating – whoever invented that should be shot. I found the seats very comfortable even though they did not rock. I cannot stand seats with high backs, and these were the perfect size. I also parked for free nearly right across the street. My two complaints about the cinema were all the burned out bulbs in the marquee – that really irks me for some reason – and the horrible sound bleed-through from one auditorium to the next.

longislandmovies on January 11, 2008 at 1:33 am

Theaters charge what the market will pay.If they are to high they wont be there long or the price will come down.

longislandmovies on February 8, 2008 at 2:38 am

Thomas stadium seating is great for the under 50 age..
If you have a theater with older patrons they HATE it!
I own a theater with stadium and traditional seating in the same complex.

e1337n00b on March 3, 2008 at 9:13 pm

I personally don’t mind the lack of stadium seating, I can go to Plainville or the Palace to get that. The crowd here is better. Wish the seats rocked back, but other than that if a movie I want to see is here instead of Plainville, I’d have no problem coming here for a movie.

John Fink
John Fink on April 13, 2009 at 11:01 pm

While I personally prefer some form of stadium seating, preferably without any dizzying effect (I liked the large theaters at the now closed National Amusements Showcase East Windsor, which didn’t have the height of a new construction) – I wouldn’t mind sloped floor seating if properly spaced. The best example of this is the IFC Center in New York City.

I can’t comment on Blue Back, but I have been to the Criterion Cinemas in New Haven and found it to be a first rate theater, but did find it a little odd that it didn’t have stadium seating, being that it was a new venue. Perhaps, the best would be a hybrid like Real Art Ways, which has sloped floor seating with a sharper slope towards the back of the auditorium. That’s sort of the best of both worlds – and I still think that’s the best theater in Greater Hartford in terms of sound, projection, film selection and atmosphere.

I suppose with East Hartford now closed the decision was made to keep both this and Cinema City open, with this serving as a smaller downtown type of theater, playing often times day and date with the Palace. Cinema City I haven’t visited in a while, so I don’t know if its been upgraded, Crown certainly never did anything to it (aside from painting the lobby). I suppose I understand Tomas' outrage – I, like him thought this theater was going to be Hartford’s version of the Angelika, and would replace Cinema City. Regardless, the formula for playing more upscale Hollywood films here as the 18-23rd screens of the Palace seems to work for West Hartford in that you can make a night of it here downtown, whereas in Manchester you could make a night of it, but that means you’d have to have dinner at Chatters or at the food court of Cinema De Lux.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 8, 2011 at 3:12 pm

What do mean the over 50 crowd hates stadium seating, remember GCC’s famous seats,you would get paralyzed butt after after 20 minutes.I hated them and i worked for them in two different cities,same blasted seats.

rivest266 on February 26, 2017 at 12:32 pm

This opened on November 2nd, 2007. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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