Liberty Theatre

1242 State Street,
Bridgeport, CT 06605

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Opened as the Studio Theatre, it was renamed Liberty Theatre around 1916. It was closed around 1952.

Contributed by Roger Katz

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barrygoodkin on August 2, 2009 at 1:20 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 on September 22, 2010 at 3:21 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 on October 10, 2013 at 6:31 pm

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

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 12, 2015 at 10:22 am

Not sure where that description above came from, but it certainly wasn’t me!

If the comment right above me is correct then this theatre’s address would be 1242 State Street rather than 1292. I will have to look into this further.

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