Crown Cinema Twin

North Street Shopping Center,
1 Padanaram Road,
Danbury, CT 06811

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This theater was demolished in late 1996/early 1997. It was a small twin located in the North Street Shopping Center in Danbury, CT, where the Super Foodmart now stands. I lived in the adjacent condos when it had closed down. Its facade looked like it had a steeple at the top with vents, like Fairfield Hall at nearby WCSU. It was made out of brick and probably fit about 250 seats.

I never saw a movie there but they were tearing it down to redevelop the dilapidated shopping center.

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shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on January 11, 2005 at 2:29 pm

Forgot to add this was built in 1968 according to the previous comments website.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on February 1, 2005 at 7:25 pm

The above website is wrong. The 1965 Danbury City Directory lists the theater as The Cinema Theatre on Padanaram Road, but the 1966 doesn’t list it.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on February 3, 2005 at 8:30 pm

The 1992-1993 Directory shows the new ownership and it’s renamed to Crown Cinema Twin.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on February 3, 2005 at 8:33 pm

The 1984 Directory lists the name change to Translux Cinema Theater.

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on December 3, 2005 at 4:42 pm

I will always remember this theater, because it is where my wife and I saw the original “Star Wars” for the first time. And I think it is also where I took my daughter to see “Pocahontas” — she’s 15 now, and has been obsessed with Pocahontas ever since. I couldn’t believe it when they reduced the place to dust!

Jeffrey1955
Jeffrey1955 on December 3, 2005 at 6:18 pm

Could be mistaken, but my recollection is that in the 70s, it was the UA North Street Cinema.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on April 8, 2007 at 3:36 pm

Small world. I spent the night at my friend’s house in Waterbury and his roommate and I chatted about how when he was the janitor/maintenance man for the entire North Street Shopping Center and the movie theater in the early 1980s. He said nothing significant really happened at the theater until it was scheduled for demolition. He was on the roof taking samples to make sure there was no asbestos when it all came down. Unfortunately, there was 2 inches of water on the roof and it all came down and completely destroyed all the seats that were going to be sold.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on May 28, 2008 at 4:10 pm

I found historic theatre attendance tallies for the Danbury Palace and this theatre among others while working for the CT Film Fest last week. On Sunday, during the last screening, I self-toured the stagehouse on both sides and found the info.

There were a few sheets of paper with 11 similar photocopies of ads for this theatre. It says, “Danbury Newest Entertainment Center…RKO Stanley Warner Theatres…Twin Cinema 1 and 2, Danbury Shopping Center…748-2923…Free Parking.”

From 3/19-3/25/79, The Danbury Cinema 1 (578 seats) showed All That Jazz and Cinema 2 (563 seats) showed Kramer vs Kramer.

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on May 28, 2008 at 4:10 pm

This theatre had 1141 seats.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 3, 2011 at 7:49 pm

An item on this page of Boxoffice, December 7, 1964, said that ground had been broken for a new theater at Padanaram Road and Hayestown Avenue. Completion was expected by Memorial Day, 1965. The house was to be called the Cinema, and was to be operated by the Stanley Warner circuit. A rendering of the colonial-style building matches the photo of the Crown Twin on display at CinemaTour.

Google Maps won’t fetch the correct location for this theater unless the phrase “North Street Shopping Center” is removed from the address. 1 Padanaram Road is the address the Internet gives for the Super Foodmart that the overview says replaced the theater.

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