Community Theater

1424 Post Road,
Fairfield, CT 06824

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The Community Theatre was a twin screen movie theatrer located in downtown Fairfield, Connecticut. Opened circa 1923 as a vaudville house, it changed to an all film format in 1929. The theatre was extensively renovated in 1933 which included the sealing off of dressing rooms, the construction of a balcony, and a neon tubed Art Deco marquee.

The Community Theatre was closed by Loews Cineplex on May 10, 2001, but reopened in December 2001 as an independent movie house.

Its more interesting features include the still opened balcony (in only Cinema 1, closed off in Cinema 2), indoor box office and closed outside box office. Behind the screens still remains the orginal theatre stage (used for storage) and an intact proscenium arch.

The Community theatre was closed in early-2012.

Contributed by Robert Cohen, Paul Kreitler

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Jim Vecchio
Jim Vecchio on April 2, 2006 at 3:56 pm

I saw that there was a “family friendly” movie playing there today, so I brought along my wife and daughter, who had never been to the theater. It was a little shabbier than I remembered it, but still at least struggling to exist. The theater was manned (or, should I say, “adolescened”) by teens and pre-teens who did all the jobs, such as taking care of the tickets, refreshments, and ushering. The tickets aew $4, a bargain in this age. The popcorn and soda were great and very low-priced. I don’t know if the kids did the projector also, but I was quite surprised to see the movie began at precisely the time advertised…for all of about five seconds. Then, there was a deafening roar and the screen went black. After a bit, one of the teens came into the audiorium and apologized to the audience, stating “there was something wrong with the projector” and “it would be abour five minutes” before it could be fixed. About 25 minutes later, the movie began, shortly beyond the point of trouble. Despite all this, I’m happy to see concerned citizens doing what they can to keep this movie house going, and, if they make good enough movies, I’ll be back.

Jim Vecchio
Jim Vecchio on June 6, 2006 at 6:37 am

Thanks, Lost, for your photo. It is a familiar sight as I often pass by it on the way to work. I attended another screening after the one I described above, and there were no problems whatsoever, and all had a great time. This is a community treasure that should be supported.

mrbsf1
mrbsf1 on September 10, 2006 at 2:16 pm

Here is a link to the CinemaTour website with many interior and exterior photos of the Community Theatre.
www.cinematour.com/tour/us/3927.html

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on September 25, 2007 at 3:43 pm

There’s an old photo of this theater on page 24 in Images of America: Fairfield.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on December 14, 2007 at 7:44 pm

The Fairfield City Directory shows the Fairfield Theatre opened in 1920 at 859 Post Road and becomes the present incarnation on 7 Unquowa Road.

movieguy
movieguy on May 9, 2010 at 9:11 am

I live in Rockland County NY, about 60 minutes away from the Community Theatre! I am looking forward to visiting again, after going back in 2002. I missed Hot Tub Time Machine in the souless multi-plex.

They are now screening that motion picture until May 13th. For $4.00 VS $11.50! All one has to do is wait 4-8 weeks for the film to come to the Community.

It is a wonderful theater lovingly operated by a friendly and caring staff!

greg6363
greg6363 on May 13, 2012 at 1:20 am

The theater is now closed. I was in the neighborhood earlier today and the marquee reads “For Lease”.

hometown
hometown on May 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm

What a shame. I saw so many movies at the Community Theater as I grew up in Fairfield – everything from Amadeus to Dirty Dancing to Out of Africa and Rattle and Hum. Surely there must be a handful of locals like me ready to rally for this theater! Is anybody looking into re-opening the Community?

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 13, 2013 at 6:40 pm

Anyone know of anything going on with this theatre yet?

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 13, 2013 at 6:41 pm

The summary up top is wrong. The theatre closed in summer of 2011 (9/8/2011) not 2012.

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