Warner Theatre

343 State Street,
Bridgeport, CT 06604

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The Dawe’s Theatre opened in 1921. It became the Cameo Theatre in 1924. Taken over by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Inc. in December 1925, it was renamed Warner’s Cameo Theatre. It seated 1,336 when it opened as the Warner Theatre on August 17, 1938.

Closed June 2, 1963, and was demolished February 1964 and was located near the Housatonic Community College is now located.

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kencmcintyre on December 1, 2006 at 3:02 pm

There was an ad for Warner-Merritt in the 11/18/47 edition of the Bridgeport Telegram. The feature was “That Hagen Girl”, a creepy film starring Ronald Reagan and Shirley Temple. At the end of the movie, you can’t figure out if Ron is her father or her boyfriend.

atmos on January 26, 2007 at 6:35 pm

Opened 17 August 1938 and the architect was John Eberson.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 27, 2007 at 1:03 am

The seating capacity was listed in the Film Daily Yearbooks;1941 & 1943 editions as 1,415. They also list it as being operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp., as was the Merritt Theatre in Bridgeport.

kencmcintyre on July 28, 2007 at 7:45 pm

This was in the Bridgeport Telegram on 5/30/63:

Theater Sold by Warner

The Redevelopment agency announced yesterday it has acquired the Warner theater building, 343 State Street just east of Lafayette Street, in the “core” area of the State street urban renewal project. A deed on file In the town clerk’s office listed the purchase
price at $160,000. James H. Tobin, manager of the theater (and also of the Merritt theater on upper Main Street) said the Warner will close its doors after the final film presentation on Sunday night. A co-feature of the presentation is “The Last Sunset.”

Personal equipment, such as projectors, sound equipment and office furnishings, will be removed from the Warner theater within a month after the closing on Sunday, it was indicated. Purchase of the Warner theater, announced by Redevelopment Coordinator Joseph M. Dearborn, was made from the Connecticut Theatrical corporation, formerly the Warner Brothers Theaters, Inc.

dctrig on December 14, 2010 at 5:39 pm

I remember seeing “The Ten Commandments” at the Warner-had to sit in the balcony it was so crowded. Also, for a Vincent Price thriller they strung a line from the balcony down to the orchestra with a skeleton moving up and down!

One of the last movies I saw there was “It Happened in Naples”, with Clark Gable and Sophia Loren.

RELIGIOUS on June 26, 2014 at 1:55 pm

I remember seeing the first LONE RANGER movie at the WARNER THEATER.PITY US we lost a great center of entertainment.

RELIGIOUS on April 30, 2015 at 12:45 pm

What a pity that so many theaters have disappeared over the years taking with them a means of great movies and now nothing to show for the good old days-how pitiful. FROM RICH SATTANNI/AUTHOR/BPT CT.RESIDENT

Patsy on July 26, 2015 at 9:48 am

Bridgeport should still have the Warner!

dallasmovietheaters on July 26, 2015 at 2:07 pm

Peter S. Dawe opened his third and final cinema in Bridgeport as Dawe’s Theatre in 1921. He took over the Bijou in 1910 and built the Palace in 1912 on the city’s east side. But the theatre carrying his name was sold and became the Cameo Theatre in 1924. On September 19, 1925, it became Warners' Cameo as part of the Warner Brothers Circuit. Warner would change the theater to the Warner Theatre. An explosion on April 12, 1963 during “Prince of Peace” closed the theater for a few days but just weeks later it would close for good going out with “"The Last Sunset” on June 2, 1963. Demolition occurred February 1964.

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