Fine Arts Theater
84 Federal Road,
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Opened in 1970, the Fine Arts Theater in Brookfield, CT is off of Federal Road in the former Caldor’s Plaza, now the Kohl’s Plaza. There were two other Fine Arts movie houses in Westport. It’s located next to an Italian restaurant with an alley in between and it’s all boarded up.
I was there a few weeks ago as I live in the area and we managed to find our way inside. There is evidence of two small gardens with plots and rows outside and some clothing strewn inside and it smells musty. There was a light on when we went in and it was attached to a red box from the fire department so heat is available. I don’t know what the town plans to do. There are prices still attached to where products would be behind the counter. There are old movie posters from the late-1980’s and napkins and other equipment intact. The office is cleaned out but the carpet is still in place in the lobby.
There are two auditoriums probably seating 200 each but the screens have been vandalized and ripped. I hate when vandals do that. I visit abandoned buildings as a history buff and take pics but leave it the way it was. We found the projection room strewn with film and found film canisters still in their compartments. We looked at one reel and it was a cartoon, the other was an old 1950’s movie, still on the manual reel rewinder. We even peeked through each window to the screens.
The Fine Arts Theatre was demolished in July 2011.
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