Astor Theatre

445 East Main Street,
Bridgeport, CT 06608

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dallasmovietheaters on July 24, 2015 at 10:33 am

Grand opening for the Capitol Theatre was February 22, 1922 with all 1,000 seats filled for the feature, “Molly O.” Also featured was Buster Keaton in “The Play House.” The theatre closed in 1923 for almost a year and was offered for sale reopening in 1924. The Capitol Theater was rebooted as the Astor Theatre launching Dec. 2, 1947. William Riseman, architect from Boston, totally re-imagined the theater stripping out the floor and everything but the walls in creating the post-Capitol Astor.

kencmcintyre on August 1, 2009 at 5:21 pm

This was in the Bridgeport Post, dated 1/27/63:

A hit-and-run driver crashed into the Astor theater building East Main street shortly after midnight today, shattering of the doors. A description of the vehicle was obtained by a passerby and search was under way. Police said the driver backed up the auto and then drove away at high speed on the snow-covered road.

barrygoodkin on August 1, 2009 at 4:23 pm

The Astor Theatre opened as the Capitol Theatre around 1923. It was acquired by the Strand Amusement Company of Bridgeport in 1946. It was closed in July 1947 to be completely renovated and reopened as the Astor, December 2, 1947. In its last years it featured Spanish language films. It was destroyed by fire in 1976.

kencmcintyre on December 1, 2006 at 3:08 pm

An ad in the Bridgeport Telegram in November 1947 shows the Astor with the addendum “Formerly Capitol”. The feature was “Desert Fury” with Burt Lancaster, Lizabeth Scott and Mary Astor. The co-feature was “Seven Keys to Baldpate”. I have no clue what that film was about.

Jim Vecchio
Jim Vecchio on March 31, 2006 at 3:07 am

Though I believe it had “a prior life under another name”, until its demise, the ASTOR always showed Spanish-language films, and was part of a neighborhood few would dare to tread at night.