Bow-Tie New Canaan Playhouse

89 Elm Street,
New Canaan, CT 06840

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New Canaan Playhouse

Dating from September 19, 1923, the Playhouse Theatre was operated by Playhouse Operating Co. by 1929. The New Canaan Playhouse has somehow managed to retain its status as a first run theatre despite having only two screens. It is a former single screen theatre that has been twinned. There is not a traditional marquee but a small wooden sign instead which is probably to conform with local zoning regulations.

Contributed by Roger Katz

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on October 31, 2004 at 9:26 pm

‘The Playhouse’ opened in September 1923. It was designed by architects Davis, McGrath & Kiessling, the exterior being in a Colonial style. Original seating capacity was 500, becoming 460 by 1950.

larryb7313 on December 20, 2004 at 2:45 am

Crown has now taken over both this theater and wilton theater as of this past week

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 24, 2005 at 1:25 am

Chain should be changed to Crown Theatres.

joemasher on November 25, 2006 at 1:44 pm

As of 11/17/06, Bow Tie Cinemas has assumed operation of the Playhouse.

brienlee on October 4, 2008 at 8:37 pm

I worked at the PlayHouse as an usher for two seasons in 1963 and 64. (summers). My aunt was the theater’s manager and my grandfather was the tickettaker for Tuesday matinees. The projectionist was an old guy whose name I can’t remember— he would sit in the lobby in one of the elegant upright chairs (pre-candy counter) and go upstairs as the theater was filling. His belt was way above the waistline.

I enjoyed my infrequent visits to the booth… it probably got me into my lifeline career of being on the AVSquad. It was run by Prudential Theaters

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