Old Saybrook Cinema
166 Main Street,
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Built in the 1937 and adorned with beautiful murals in its outside dome, the now-twinned movie house was operated by Hoyts Cinemas until February 2000, when it was closed. Hoyts cited competition as the reason for shuttering it.
The former Hoyts Saybrook Cinema Two reopened as the Old Saybrook Cinema in June, 2001, however, under new management. Ray Welch, who owns three small cinemas in Dayville, Norwich, and Jewett City, operated the twinned theater and showed first and second run films at slightly discounted prices — $5 for adults, $4 for children and $3 for seniors. He also installed new seats with cup holders and new carpeting and concessions.
Sadly, business never materialized and the theater closed again in February 2002. The theater could not compete for first run movies with Hoyts Saybrook Cinemas Six down the street, and could not draw patrons to its arthouse fare due to the nearby art cinemas in Madison and Niantic. The theater’s end was particularly sad as literally no one came to the cinema.
The theater has been gutted and converted into retail space.
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