Embassy Theatre

280 Main Street,
New Britain, CT 06051

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Embassy Theatre...New Britain Connecticut

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Daveinag on October 22, 2005 at 6:50 pm

The Lyceum Theater and the Embassy Theater were one and the same. I was in the Embassy once as a little boy, probably in 1954 or 1955. The Embassy closed and was demolished in the early 1960s, a victim of New Britain’s horribly ill-conceived plan for downtown ‘urban renewal.’ A parking garage sits on the theater site.

shoeshoe14 on October 11, 2007 at 3:03 pm

Mentioned in Images of America: New Britain, Volume I. Page 128, picture showing 3-sided marquee and a worker under a ladder removing letters for the last time. “As strains of Auld Lang Syne played, movie-goers exited the Embassy Theatre for the last time in the summer of 1964.”

It contained 1300 seats. The owner was John Dabrowski.

Images of America: New Britain, Volume II. Page 110 shows the low marquee and entrance with “Hermie Dressel – Alan Freed” and “Rock, Rock, Rock” on the marquee.

John D. Amato was the assistant manager.

Images of America: New Britain, Volume III. Page 2, long marquee showing “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Page 13, showing “Small Town Girl” (1936 version) with Robert Taylor.

shoeshoe14 on October 11, 2007 at 3:06 pm

Was originally built in 1893 as The Russwin Lyceum.

See http://www.biblestudents.com/htdbv5/zwt0289.htm at the bottom at 277 Main Street as Russwin Lyceum.

kencmcintyre on November 22, 2008 at 12:32 pm

Here is part of an article from the Hartford Courant dated 9/12/64:

Theater Demolition Resumes After Collapse into Store

NEW BRITAIN (Special) — The job of removing huge wooden trusses 70 feet above the stage of the Embassy Theater while avoiding any further collapse of the weakened walls got under way at about 6 p.m. Friday.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 22, 2010 at 4:07 am

Item in Boxoffice magazine, June 23, 1958:
“Stanley Warner booked Italian films into the Cameo, Bristol, and Embassy, New Britain at the regular price scale."
[For those of us interested in places of exhibition of Italian films to ethnic audiences in the U.S.]

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on October 20, 2010 at 2:32 am

Don, if the marquee shows Easy Living with Jean Arthur, then this is more like 1937, the year that film was released.

cablepuller on January 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I remember the Embassy. I remember part of the being demolished fell through the adjoining Rapheal’s department store.

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