West End Theatre

1239-1241 State Street,
Bridgeport, CT 06605

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The San Juan Theatre was a briefly held later name for the West End Theatre. The theater’s later name may reflect a failed effort to survive by showing Spanish-language films.

Contributed by Roger Katz

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 4, 2007 at 6:44 am

Here is a photo of the West End Theater. Click on the photo to expand it.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on December 14, 2007 at 1:22 pm

The original address was 1241 State Street and it opened in 1910 according to the City Directory.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 21, 2010 at 4:12 am

From Boxoffice magazine, February 10, 1958:

Italian-Language Policy Ends Boxoffice Blues
BRIDGEPORT – Jack Schwartz, owner-manager of the West End Theatre, believes Italian-language pictures are solving his boxoffice worries.

Last November, business was so bad at the West End, a subsequent-run house located in a business area, that Schwartz found it necessary to curtail operations to weekends. After Christmas he went back to a seven-day operation, experimenting with Spanish-Language and Italian-language films. His theatre is in an area adjacent to a thickly-populated Puerto Rican section. But Spanish-language films were a flop. On the other hand the Italian films began to catch on and now Schwartz, an exhibitor for 15 years, says he is drawing from cities within a radius of 25 miles from Bridgeport, such as Norwalk, Wesport, Ansonia and Derby. He notes that his patrons are largely Italians who have recently arrived in this country and cannnot speak English. In the future he will show these films Sunday afternoon and night and Monday night. The remainder of the week will be given to Hollywood product.

dctrig
dctrig on September 22, 2010 at 3:28 pm

I attended nearby Elias Howe Elementary School from 1951-1960. One morning during a school day the teacher walked us down to the West End for a free showing of the movie “Heidi.”

It seemed that Mr Schwartz, a bald-headed gentleman, was nearly always on the premises.

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