Hi-Way Theatre

305 Boston Avenue,
Stratford, CT 06614

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Additional Info

Firms: William Riseman Associates

Functions: Office Space

Styles: Streamline Moderne

Previous Names: Cinema 1, Highway Cinema 1-2

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Hi-Way Cinema auditorium

Opened on January 20, 1949 as a single screen theater, with all seats on a single level. The Hi-Way Theatre was split into a twin on June 21, 1977. It finally closed on December 21. 1988. The theater has since been demolished and medical office space now stands on the site.

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William on December 16, 2003 at 5:53 pm

The Hi-Way Theatre was designed by William Riseman Associates and it seated 987 people when it was a single screen movie theatre.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 16, 2003 at 6:53 pm

I see there is a medical office building at the Hi-Way’s former address, but was this really the Hi-Way building? It looks nothing like a theatre and I am inclined to think that they demolished the cinema and built this office building in its place. Please respond if you know for sure.

barrygoodkin on July 28, 2009 at 5:21 pm

The HI-Way Cinema opened on January 1949 and closed on December 21, 1988. The theatre was demilished except for the structural steel which was utilized in the construction of the office building. The structural steel was not removed but may have been added to in constructing the building.
Although the the front of the building and most of the auditorium was located in Stratford part of the auditorium, screen and parking lot was located in Bridgeport. The location of the theatre was important in that the clearance for showing of films depended on whether it was actually located in Bridgeport or Stratford. In any event this was resolved when clearnaces were no longer applicable by the film studios.

rivest266 on June 17, 2024 at 3:34 pm

Opened January 20th, 1949. Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on June 17, 2024 at 6:46 pm

Renamed Cinema 1 on December 22nd, 1966. Ad posted.

rivest266 on June 18, 2024 at 9:25 am

Two screens on June 21st, 1977, as it is renamed Hi-Way Cinema 1 & 2. Ad posted.

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