Embassy Theatre

280 Main Street,
New Britain, CT 06051

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Previously operated by: Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Previous Names: Lyceum Theatre

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Embassy Theatre...New Britain Connecticut

Built in 1893 as the Lyceum Theatre. By the 1910’s it was screening photoplays. It was still listed as the Lyceum Theatre in 1928. It had closed by 1929. By 1930 it had re-opened as the Embassy Theatre with a Western Electric sound system.

The Embassy Theatre was closed in summer of 1964 and demolished in September 1964.

Contributed by Roger Katz

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Daveinag on October 22, 2005 at 6:50 pm

The Lyceum Theater and the Embassy Theater were one and the same. I was in the Embassy once as a little boy, probably in 1954 or 1955. The Embassy closed and was demolished in the early 1960s, a victim of New Britain’s horribly ill-conceived plan for downtown ‘urban renewal.’ A parking garage sits on the theater site.

shoeshoe14 on October 11, 2007 at 3:03 pm

Mentioned in Images of America: New Britain, Volume I. Page 128, picture showing 3-sided marquee and a worker under a ladder removing letters for the last time. “As strains of Auld Lang Syne played, movie-goers exited the Embassy Theatre for the last time in the summer of 1964.”

It contained 1300 seats. The owner was John Dabrowski.

Images of America: New Britain, Volume II. Page 110 shows the low marquee and entrance with “Hermie Dressel – Alan Freed” and “Rock, Rock, Rock” on the marquee.

John D. Amato was the assistant manager.

Images of America: New Britain, Volume III. Page 2, long marquee showing “It’s a Wonderful Life”. Page 13, showing “Small Town Girl” (1936 version) with Robert Taylor.

shoeshoe14 on October 11, 2007 at 3:06 pm

Was originally built in 1893 as The Russwin Lyceum.

See http://www.biblestudents.com/htdbv5/zwt0289.htm at the bottom at 277 Main Street as Russwin Lyceum.

kencmcintyre on November 22, 2008 at 12:32 pm

Here is part of an article from the Hartford Courant dated 9/12/64:

Theater Demolition Resumes After Collapse into Store

NEW BRITAIN (Special) — The job of removing huge wooden trusses 70 feet above the stage of the Embassy Theater while avoiding any further collapse of the weakened walls got under way at about 6 p.m. Friday.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 22, 2010 at 4:07 am

Item in Boxoffice magazine, June 23, 1958:
“Stanley Warner booked Italian films into the Cameo, Bristol, and Embassy, New Britain at the regular price scale."
[For those of us interested in places of exhibition of Italian films to ethnic audiences in the U.S.]

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on October 20, 2010 at 2:32 am

Don, if the marquee shows Easy Living with Jean Arthur, then this is more like 1937, the year that film was released.

cablepuller on January 29, 2012 at 5:56 pm

I remember the Embassy. I remember part of the being demolished fell through the adjoining Rapheal’s department store.

ahbboss on July 28, 2017 at 10:37 am

I saw two memorable movies at the Embassy, when I was young. “Old Yellar” in 1957 and “The Time Machine” in 1960, a George Pal Production, staring Rod Taylor. My older cousin would take me, since I was six in 1957 and 9 in 1960. We always waited for the balcony to open up so we could sit upstairs. The Time Machine movie scared me because World War III in the movie happened in 1966 and I thought we only had 6 more years to live! It became one of my favorite movies. The Embassy was the second biggest theater in New Britain. The Strand was the biggest. The Embassy also had a two sided marquee on West Main St. between City Hall and the Gates Building, over an alleyway leading to the auditorium. I believe that was the old entrance when the theater was first built as the Lyceum. They used it to provide extra space to advertise movies, however by the time I was born you had to enter under the new 3 sided marque on Main next to Raphael’s Department store. My late parents had told me that when it was the Lyceum the theater had two balconies, and when it was renovated into the embassy the second balcony was removed. Don’t know if anyone can verify that? Alan

DavidZornig on August 8, 2018 at 4:50 pm

1955 photo added courtesy of Tony Raia and Donna Wofford‎.

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