Mayfair Theatre

950 East Main Street,
Bridgeport, CT 06602

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Previously operated by: Strand Amusement Co.

Architects: Charles H. Abramowitz

Previous Names: Dawe's Theatre, Palace Theatre, Strand-Palace Theatre

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Mayfair Theatre

Found this theater on page 75 of Images of America: Bridgeport listed as the Dawe’s Theatre. It then became the Palace Theatre, Strand-Palace Theatre (when operated by Strand Amusement Co.) and then the Mayfair Theatre.

As the Mayfair Theatre it was remodeled in 1941 to the plans of architect Charles H. Abramowitz.

Contributed by Dave Bonan

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barrygoodkin on August 2, 2009 at 1:35 pm

The theatre was built by Peter Dawe,a painting contractor, at the location of the theatre. In 1910 he purchased the Bijou Theatre on Fairfield Avenue. Two years later he razed the East Main Street business property and erected the Palace Theatre. The theatre name was changed to the Strand Palace around 1925. It was acquired by the Strand Amusement Company in 1923. The name was changed to the Mayfair around 1943. It closed in 1954 and was demolished.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 22, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Italian Films Gross Well At Bridgeport Houses

BRIDGEPORT – Loew’s Lyric, usually dark except on weekends, was opened in midweek by manager Robert Carney for the one-day showing of an all-Italian program consisting of “Fedora” and “Sorprese del Matrimonio.” Business was good.

Mike Jacobson, manager of the Mayfair on the East Side, also departed from his usual film fare to run a one-night Italian show. He screened “La Mia Canzone al Vento” and “Il Corsaro Nero” to a nice boxoffice.

(from Boxoffice magazine, May 25, 1946. It should be noted that Italian films had been kept off U.S. screens during the war years, depriving the Italian-speaking population of this entertainment.)

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