Meriden Cinema 1 & 2

77 State Street,
Meriden, CT 06450

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This wasn’t a classic ANYTHING. But I am listing it here for historical reference. The Cinema 1 & 2 was a cookie-cutter mini cinema, featuring narrow auditoriums. Built 1968-70 as part of a now-abandoned urban redevelopment failure, the Meriden Mall.

There is nothing which made this place memorable or architecturally significant. Walls were of cinderblock painted dark blue. There was blue lighting on the screen before each film. Walls of the entranceways to the auditorium were covered with purple carpeting. And… that’s about it.

Contributed by Bob Whitworth

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 19, 2004 at 2:26 pm

I assume you are getting the 77 State St. address from CinemaTour. I used it there because that is the address I found in the newspaper and/or city directory listings for the Meriden Mall Cinema 1 & 2 during my research.

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[Deleted] on December 19, 2004 at 4:33 pm

Since I do much research myself I have aquired a rather large database of U.S. theatres over the years. The address for this theatre is shown as 77 State Street. Very good work gentlemen.

ZARDOZ
ZARDOZ on April 4, 2006 at 12:14 pm

In the “for what it’s worth department,” I actually was able to see this theater under construction. As a kid back in 1969/70, I used to routinely wander through construction sites, and hardly ever got yelled at or told to leave. I remember the construction crew using snap lines to mark the placements of the auditorium seats. I think the first film I saw in this was either “Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein” or “The Godfather.” The theater is NOT missed, and neither is the atrocious mall in which the theater was located.

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