Loew's Poli Theatre

591 Main Street,
Hartford, CT 06103

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TheALAN on June 14, 2014 at 9:26 pm

In September of 2010, Joe Vogel referred to an interesting item in the November 8, 1913 issue of the trade journal The Moving Picture World. After 3yrs.8mos., I thought someone would have an answer. I guess not?

TLSLOEWS on April 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Thanks again for the photo Brad.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on February 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm

This photograph of the Fox-Poli Capitol Theatre was taken in 1929 by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto and Mann.

TLSLOEWS on February 8, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Nice photo posted by ken mc,of the Loews Poli.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 12, 2010 at 4:39 am

An interesting item in the November 8, 1913, issue of the trade journal The Moving Picture World says that construction of the foundations for a new Poli theater at Main and Gold streets in Hartford had begun. If that was not the exact location of the Loew’s Poli then it must have been very close. The item said that construction was being rushed on the project, in hope that the house could be opened in January, 1914. Architect for the project was Ferdinand Von Beren of the New Haven firm Brown & Von Beren, who did other work for the Poli chain.

I’ve found no later references to this project in the trade publications. I’m wondering if Loew’s Poli was later built on the foundations begun in 1913? Or did something else get built there, or nothing at all? Maybe the city decided it needed part of the site for a street widening project or something of that sort, and the theater project was halted? Perhaps Mr. Poli ran into financial difficulties and the project had to be delayed? A mystery, anyway. Does anybody know the answer?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on May 8, 2009 at 9:22 am

On August 11th, 1939, Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland did a full day of stage appearances at Loew’s Poli, trying out songs and routines for their forthcoming engagement at the Capitol Theatre in New York City in conjunction with “The Wizard of Oz.” In Hartford, the young stars performed between showings of “Lady Of The Tropics” & “Miracles For Sale”:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 17, 2009 at 9:37 am

Here’s an ad from January 5, 1933 for the Poli Capitol. Fanchon & Marco’s stage adaptation of “The Desert Song” seemed more of a crowd-puller than the feature movie:
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khollywood on June 21, 2006 at 5:35 am

I’ve been told that my great-grandfather was the stage manager of this theater, I think when the vaudeville circut was still passing through.

SpikeSpiegel6262044 on January 31, 2006 at 4:45 pm

Was this place across the street from the Wadsworth? When I worked at Media Play, there was this man who used to come in and he would talk about how beautiful this place was. Wow, I remember picturing it.

kencmcintyre on December 15, 2005 at 3:55 pm

Here is a picture from the Online Archive of California:

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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on April 8, 2004 at 8:03 am

The theatre first opened in 1920 as the Capitol, and was designed by Thomas W. Lamb in a style similar to his NYC Capitol, which opened the previous year. After being known as the Capitol, it became the Fox-Poli Capitol, and then Loew’s Poli. I believe that Loew’s referred to Loew’s Inc., not E.M. Loew’s Theaters. Loew’s Inc. operated the Poli New England Theaters circuit.

William on December 8, 2003 at 1:09 pm

Before being called the Loew’s Poli Theatre it was known as the Capitol Theatre.

William on November 19, 2003 at 5:30 pm

The Loews Poli Theatre was located at 591 Main Street and it seated 3014 people.