Buster's Pub & Cinema

1022 Main Street,
East Hartford, CT 06108

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Architects: Drew Eberson, John Adolph Emil Eberson

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Eastwood Theater, Cinema 1, Stage East Cafe

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Buster's Pub & Cinema

The Eastwood Theater was opened November 12, 1941 with Randolph Scott in “Belle Starr” and Fred MacMurray in “New York Town”. It reopened as Cinema 1 on June 29, 1966 with Virginia McKenna in “Born Free”. It was later known as Buster’s Pub & Cinema. It showed its last movie in 1994.

Since then it has had a number of incarnations. It was last in operation as the Stage East Cafe featuring dance parties and live comedy shows.

Contributed by Roger Katz

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

kayla379moon on April 5, 2004 at 8:35 pm

Hey gerald is it for sale or lease? did you see any signs on the building?

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 22, 2004 at 7:21 pm

This should be listed as OPEN as the Stage East Cafe nightclub.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 7, 2005 at 9:56 am

Another photo of the former Eastwood Theatre, with a view of the business block:
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SpikeSpiegel6262044 on January 31, 2006 at 5:42 pm

This was also known as The Atomic wasn’t it?

atmos on July 3, 2006 at 4:53 am

Opened on 12 Nov 1941 and the architects were John and Drew Eberson.
Originally had 939 seats.

mackjay on October 14, 2009 at 6:26 am

I remember the marquee of this theater: “Point Blank” with Lee Marvin….long time ago

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on October 14, 2009 at 5:08 pm

The Stage East closed down years ago, so this should be listed as closed.

rivest266 on February 20, 2017 at 4:54 pm

November 12th, 1941 grand opening ad in the photo section. also below:

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rivest266 on February 22, 2017 at 4:13 pm

Reopened as Cinema 1 on June 29th, 1966. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

Jake Bottero
Jake Bottero on October 10, 2022 at 5:49 am

Boarded up and looking sad.

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