Stamford Theatre

307 Atlantic Street,
Stamford, CT 6902

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tonykobal on October 21, 2016 at 11:35 am

The archway going into the theater (which may have been designed by Gutzon Borghlum), had at the keystone, a sculpture of the head of Eleanora Duse. When they were building the Rich Forum they tried to save the archway as an architectural gem, but either through accident or intrigue it fell down completely and smashed the bust in the keystone. Today there is a replica of the bust inside the lobby of the Forum theater.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on December 15, 2010 at 4:32 pm

What great looking Marquee!thanks Ken mc for putting it on.

ACooke108 on September 21, 2010 at 6:07 pm

I believe I once read that the arch was created by Gutzon Borglum, who also did Mt. Rushmore. Does anybody have any information on this?

ACooke108 on March 27, 2009 at 7:56 pm

It looks like all hell broke loose on this, of all pages. All I have to say is I’m thrilled with the Life picture. It’s great! That’s the marquee I remember as a little boy in the late 50’s.

Ross Melnick
Ross Melnick on November 22, 2008 at 3:00 pm

Okay folks, wrap up the squabbling. I’m in a comment deletion mood today and will start doing that for any and all antagonistic comments. This is a page for the Stamford Theatre — not for conflict.

If you posted a comment over the past few days and it’s gone now, that’s why. Have a good weekend …


Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 22, 2008 at 7:50 am

I hear where you are coming from on this. I, for one, don’t list my contact info because I used to get into fights with Paul Warshauer, and other people like that, on this site all the time. I don’t want people who I view as genuinely unscrupulous having my contact info. That doesn’t happen anymore. But the Internet is still a big, strange place.

Even if you don’t want to share your info, you can go to this web address and set up a personal blog. Then you can talk privately all you want:

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 21, 2008 at 10:23 am

Cut it out guys. I just checked my email account an found a mountain of comment notifications. My two cents says that misterboo should defend himself, and that he really doesn’t care about being cited. I know I would not care about being cited. But if you want to continue the debate I respectfully ask that you do so privately.

kencmcintyre on November 21, 2008 at 10:16 am

Because I don’t agree with you. If you think you’re right, please continue, but no one else is going to do it for you. That’s the last comment from me on this page.

kencmcintyre on November 21, 2008 at 10:02 am

Since the whole credit thing is based on your rather dubious premise, if you want misterboo to get his just rewards you’ll just have to be extra vigilant.

kencmcintyre on November 21, 2008 at 9:54 am

That’s my point exactly. Give him the credit if it means that much to you, and everyone stop beating the dead horse. Not worth the time.

kencmcintyre on November 21, 2008 at 9:46 am

The link was on Google that morning, but since I was in the middle of a trial the judge would have frowned on me playing with my laptop. In any event, we shouldn’t waste more space on this issue. We’re going to post the photos, which are all interesting, and you can credit whomever you want. I really don’t care one way or the other.

Ziggy on November 21, 2008 at 9:43 am

Ease up Lost Memory. No one needs you to be the photo credit police, and “misterboo” is certainly welcome to make his own case.

Ziggy on November 21, 2008 at 8:57 am

Who the heck is “misterboo”? I’ve never heard of him, and never seen a single post from him. If he’s so concerned about getting credit for the photos he has supposedly found why doesn’t he speak for himself, and why does “lost memory” think it’s his job to defend him?

Life's Too Short
Life's Too Short on November 21, 2008 at 7:52 am

Photos that were shot and cataloged but never selected for actual publication? I have to figure that Life photographers took many more photos than those that actually made it into the magazine pages.

kencmcintyre on November 20, 2008 at 7:43 am

Thanks, Warren. What’s interesting is that Google mentions a million photos, but each category seems to be capped out at 200. There must be a trick to accessing the rest of the photos that I haven’t figured out yet.

kencmcintyre on November 19, 2008 at 2:03 pm

Here is a 1948 photo from a new collection of Life Magazine photos on Google:

shoeshoe14 on November 21, 2007 at 8:48 am

First listed in the 1915 Stamford City Directory at 307 Atlantic Street. In 1929, the Weiss Amusement Corp (props, etc.) moves into the theatre building until 1930. In 1982’s listing it changes to SCA.

shoeshoe14 on October 24, 2007 at 2:42 pm

It was built by Emily Wakeman Hartley in 1914 to encourage pre-broadway tryouts for plays. This was according to “Stamford: An Illustrated History” by Feinstein.

ACooke108 on July 17, 2007 at 12:59 pm

This theater was replaced by the Rich Forum approx. 20 years ago. The decorative arch was transferred into the lobby of the new theater. I saw my first movie in the mid-50’s at this theater…“Song of the South” by Walt Disney.
I’ll never understand why the original theater was demolished, only to build a new theater of the same size in the same spot. The interior was unique. Can anybody spell “restoration”? I’m still angry they did that. I can remember seeing “Love Story” and The Posiedian Adventure" there in the 70’s. The SCA had both this theater and the Palace…they saved one and not the other. Go figure.

kencmcintyre on September 7, 2006 at 3:11 pm

This is supposed to be a 1913 photo, but I would put it in the 1920s:

teecee on March 11, 2005 at 1:29 pm

Part of Cinema Circuit & still open as a movie theater as of 4/30/79 per the attached newspaper ad:
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William on November 19, 2003 at 6:02 pm

The Stamford Theatre was located at 307 Atlantic Street and it seated 1186 people.