American Theatre

1126 East Main Street,
Bridgeport, CT

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American Theatre

Located on Bridgeport’s East Main Street, the American Theatre was opened around 1915. It was taken over by the Strand Amusement Co. in 1929. It was closed June 24, 1964. It is currently used by a local church, Iglesias de Dio.

Contributed by Roger Katz

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scoobydooNpoohbear on February 9, 2004 at 9:10 pm

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Jim Vecchio
Jim Vecchio on March 31, 2006 at 6:09 am

This was probably the last motion picture house in the world to show “The bowery Boys Meet The Monsters” shortly before its demise!

shoeshoe14 on September 27, 2007 at 2:32 am

I found it open when I passed by the other day but I only had a chance to glance upstairs at a band rehearsing for the coming service and there were office ceiling tiles above and it just felt like a room. I’m guessing there’s a huge congregation room underneath and I have to go back from a Sunday-Tuesday at 7pm.

There’s a picture on page 74 in Images of America: Bridgeport, but the facade now has changed from when it first opened. The one in the book has tall half circle arches on street level.

barrygoodkin on August 25, 2009 at 6:21 pm

The American Theatre opened around 1915. It may have had a fraternal or public hall on the upper floor. It was taken over by the Strand Amusement Company in 1929. It closed as theatre on June 24, 1964 and was converted to retail use.

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