Happy New Year!

posted by Ross Melnick on December 31, 2004 at 8:44 am

From all of us at Cinema Treasures, we want to wish you a happy and healthy New Year.

2004 was a terrific one for us and we want to thank everyone for continuing to support the website and our new book.

Next year, we will be celebrating our fifth anniversary online and we can’t thank you enough for making Cinema Treasures what it is today.

Comments (11)

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 31, 2004 at 10:16 am

Here are the hellos, goodbyes, and welcome backs in 2004 in Connecticut. (Cinemas opening, closing, oe reopening).

The 5-screen Criterion Cinemas opens in downtown New Haven.

Milford Quad Cinemas in Milford close due to new Cinema de Lux slated to open in 2006.
The Palace Theatre (formerly the Roger Sherman, when it showed movies) in New Haven closes.
The single screen Forest Theatre in West Haven closes down.

Welcome back:
The State Theatre in Jewett City remodels and reopens with new ownership.
The Avon Theatre in Stamford reopens after an extensive (and expensive) restoration.
The Thomas Lamb designed Palace Theater in Waterbury reopens as a live venue after being dark for 18 years. Close to $20 million is spent to restore and renovate the theatre.

Loews Danbury 10 adds four screens and converts all auditoriums to stadium seating.
Darien Playhouse converts the lobby and part of the auditoriums to retail reopening with two much smaller auditoriums.
The former Hoyts Enfield Cinemas 12 is sold to National Amusements.
Former Hoyts theatres in Hartford, Wilton, and New Canaan are all sold to Crown Theatres.
A Brazilian restaurant opens behind the facade of the former Colonial Theatre in Hartford.
The Bank Street Theatre in New Milford in purchased by Garden Homes Management.
GHM also adds a second screen in the former stage area to the State Cinema in Stamford.
The Bijou Theatre (aka Downtown Cinema) in Bridgeport and Colonial Theatre in Canaan begin restorations.
The Southington Drive-In is sold to the town for park land. One screen is demolished. The other will begin showing “movies in the park” in 2006.
The Straford Stadium 14 is sold to Regal by Entertainment Cinemas.
The lobby of the Ville Theatre in Waterbury is demolished.
The Watertown Drive-In’s two remaining screens are torn down.
The Elm Theatre in West Hartford is gutten despite efforts from local residents to save it.

Things slated to occur in 2005:
Cinema North opens an 8 screen multiplex in Storrs.
Holiday Cinemas opens a 10-screen cinema in Wallingford.
O'Neil Theatres opens a 12-screen cinema in Lisbon.
Cine 1-2-3-4 in New Haven closes down.
Forestville Theatres in Bristol closes down.

I’d love to hear about changes that occured in other states as well!

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 31, 2004 at 10:18 am

er…spelling mistakes Straford should be Stratford and gutten should be gutted, sorry.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 31, 2004 at 11:37 am

In Boston, the Opera House (orignally B.F. Keith Memorial, later Savoy Theatre) reopened in July 2004 with a production of Disney’s “The Lion King”.

Don Lewis
Don Lewis on December 31, 2004 at 10:28 pm

You could “thank us enough” with the re-introduction of the add a photo option. I think a picture of an old cinema is worth a lot more than a thousand words.

rogers on December 31, 2004 at 10:53 pm

I second Don Lewis' remarks!

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on January 1, 2005 at 12:40 am

Don Lewis' motion passes overwhelmingly. In anticipation of this, Happy New Year!

James Colburn
James Colburn on January 1, 2005 at 1:05 am

Happy New Year gang!

carolgrau on January 1, 2005 at 10:04 am

Happy New Year To One and All
Dave Grau (Mungo)

Divinity on January 1, 2005 at 6:17 pm

Happy New Year Everyone!
I have just awakened, and will probably need all weekend to recover from last nights festivities, which went on until the late morning.

JameChilds on January 1, 2005 at 8:15 pm

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL MY OLD FRIENDS IN I.A.T.S.E. LOCAL # 150 thearte projectionist.

From James Childs old time projectionist.


sngrsongwriter on January 6, 2005 at 1:34 am

Happy New Year!
Just an invite to everyone… please give a listen to my original song “Drive-In Nights” here’s the link!
All The Best To Everyone!

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