Beverly Theatre

3029 Fairfield Avenue,
Bridgeport, CT 06605

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Beverly Theatre exterior

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The Beverly Theatre opened on October 26, 1949. It was the only new theatre to open in Bridgeport after WWII. It was owned by the Elmwood Theatre Corporation operators of a chain of theatres in Connecticut. It had a modern theatreical design of blue, grey and tangerine color motif with burguny carpets in a yellow tulip design. It had puch back seats, with all seating on a single level. Large glass doors lead into the vstibule where one wall contains a huge panel for coming attractions. The standee rail is hand finished birch.

The Beverly Theatre was closed on June 29, 1985 and was sold to be converted into offices.

Contributed by Barry S. Goodkin

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on August 1, 2009 at 7:19 am

I think this theater is demolished as there is no building at that address resembling a theater.

dctrig
dctrig on December 14, 2010 at 8:06 pm

After a movie c.1959 the manager told me and a friend if we put all the seats back up he would give us passes, which he did. It was a very nice modern theater, not far from the Bullard factory.

rivest266
rivest266 on August 28, 2011 at 4:27 pm

I uploaded the grand opening ad in the photo section

kraljsved
kraljsved on February 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm

The building is still there but has been heavily modified. It’s currently a U-Haul Storage facility. If you look carefully you can still see the remains of the rock texture wall in the above picture inside of the building.

TheALAN
TheALAN on June 24, 2014 at 8:45 pm

The building at that address is the former Beverly Theatre. And yes, it has been heavily modified although some elements of the theater do remain. The theater opened with a double feature — “The Rope of Sand” (1949) starring Burt Lancaster & “Illegal Entry: Formula for Fear” (1949) starring Sabryn Gene’t. The theater was designed in Mid-Century Modern (mid-20th century) style. If anyone knows who the architect is for this theater, please share? Thanks!

paulnelson
paulnelson on June 24, 2014 at 8:52 pm

Handsome marquee and box office. Like the rounded corners and lighting and rough stone.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 25, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Alan, the “Firm” field on this page says that the Beverly Theatre was designed by William Riseman Associates. Riseman himself might have been the lead architect, but it was a large and busy firm so most of their projects would have been team efforts, and various associates might have taken the lead on any number of projects.

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