Liberty Theatre

1292 State Street,
Bridgeport, CT 06605

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From what I understand, the Crystal is due to be leveled very soon to accomodate a new 16-screen multiplex. The front facade of the Crystal is supposed to be retained and incorporated in the design of the new multiplex. The fourth photo submitted highlights the area of the new multiplex, being built by Maya Cinemas.

Contributed by Roger Katz

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shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on July 27, 2005 at 12:47 pm

What photo? There have been no submitted and none on CinemaTour.

rivest266
rivest266 on April 25, 2008 at 12:17 am

Maya cinemas has only one theatre in Salinis,CA.

barrygoodkin
barrygoodkin on August 2, 2009 at 9:20 pm

The theatre opened as the Studio and the name was changed around 1916 to the Liberty. It had 483 seats.It closed about 1952 and was converted to commercial use.

dctrig
dctrig on September 22, 2010 at 11:21 pm

The Liberty closed in the early 1950s after a fire. I remember my father taking me in 1952 for the re-release of “Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs”. I only went there a couple of times as my family mainly patronized the nearby West End theater.

BillZ235
BillZ235 on October 11, 2013 at 2:31 am

If the placement shown in the photograph is correct, and the Liberty stood approximately where the fenced-in limousine service now stands (with its blue awnings), then here’s the problem: move the street marker to the right and you’ll see the building (red door) that was supposed to be the West End Theater. Also, the red dot indicator in the map shows the West End and Liberty on the same side of the street, but this wasn’t the case at all. I lived on Hanover Street, a few blocks away from both of these theaters, and with friends attended Saturday matinees at both theaters during my late forties-early fifties childhood. The favorite of me and my buddies was the Liberty—ten cents on a Saturday afternoon. Two tenth run movies (Hopalong Cassidy, or “The Fighting Seabees” or “Sands of Iwo Jima” or two horror pictures, etc., plus cartoons, cartoons, cartoons.) There was a famous seat that everyone ran for—its bottom was out and you could rest your duff on the floor, but look out for the rats!. The West End, which was snazzily remodeled, was fourteen cents, and who had that kind of money? I do remember, though, one Saturday wanting to go to the West End for a live appearance of Clarabel the Clown (I don’t know which one) from the Howdy Doody Show. It was a quarter! Somehow I reached down into that tiny money pocket on my jeans and found it—twenty-five cents! Anyhow, the West End and the Liberty were practically across the street from one another, NOT on the same side of the street. If I can still remember, the West End was on the south side of State Street and the Liberty was on the north side. And if I look hard at that building with the red door, I’m willing to bet it’s not the West End but the Liberty. In the early sixties the new manager of the West End ran everything from Russ Meyer flicks (“Lorna”) to Igmar Bergman festivals. I think I saw fourteen Bergman films in a week’s time. It was truly an experience. But the West End, the whole city in fact, was imploding, and nothing, not even the best films in the world, could save those movie houses.—Bill Zavatsky

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