Community Theatre

1424 Post Road,
Fairfield, CT 06824

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Previously operated by: CinemaNational, Loews Theatres, Nutmeg Theater Circuit, USA Cinemas

Architects: Oreste C.S. Ziroli

Styles: Colonial Revival

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Community Theatre

The Community Theatre was a twin screen movie theatre located in downtown Fairfield, Connecticut. Opened circa 1923 as a vaudeville house, it changed to an all film format in 1929. The theatre was extensively renovated in 1933 which included the sealing off of dressing rooms, the construction of a balcony, and a neon tubed Art Deco marquee.

The Community Theatre was closed by Loews Cineplex on May 10, 2001, but reopened in December 2001 as an independent movie house.

Its more interesting features include the still opened balcony (in only Cinema 1, closed off in Cinema 2), indoor box office and closed outside box office. Behind the screens still remains the original theatre stage (used for storage) and an intact proscenium arch.

The Community Theatre was closed September 8, 2011. It was left to deteriorate for years, and in 2020 a restoration project commenced with new owner, Sacred Heart University who has announced plans to use the auditorium for theatre and events. The auditorium is to undergo a de-twinning and complete restoration.

The theater reopened to much fanfare and presents concerts, lectures, events and a regular schedule of movie showings.

Contributed by Robert Cohen, Paul Kreitler

Recent comments (view all 34 comments)

shoeshoe14 on December 14, 2007 at 1:44 pm

The Fairfield City Directory shows the Fairfield Theatre opened in 1920 at 859 Post Road and becomes the present incarnation on 7 Unquowa Road.

movieguy on May 9, 2010 at 5:11 am

I live in Rockland County NY, about 60 minutes away from the Community Theatre! I am looking forward to visiting again, after going back in 2002. I missed Hot Tub Time Machine in the souless multi-plex.

They are now screening that motion picture until May 13th. For $4.00 VS $11.50! All one has to do is wait 4-8 weeks for the film to come to the Community.

It is a wonderful theater lovingly operated by a friendly and caring staff!

greg6363 on May 12, 2012 at 9:20 pm

The theater is now closed. I was in the neighborhood earlier today and the marquee reads “For Lease”.

hometown on May 15, 2012 at 10:20 am

What a shame. I saw so many movies at the Community Theater as I grew up in Fairfield – everything from Amadeus to Dirty Dancing to Out of Africa and Rattle and Hum. Surely there must be a handful of locals like me ready to rally for this theater! Is anybody looking into re-opening the Community?

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 13, 2013 at 12:40 pm

Anyone know of anything going on with this theatre yet?

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 13, 2013 at 12:41 pm

The summary up top is wrong. The theatre closed in summer of 2011 (9/8/2011) not 2012.

larryb7313 on December 16, 2014 at 10:40 pm

I contacted them about it. It needs a good amount of work and he was pretty firm on wanting $7500 a month

Roger James Smith
Roger James Smith on May 29, 2019 at 1:20 pm

The Community is reopening!

Roger James Smith
Roger James Smith on January 25, 2020 at 12:52 am

Moviefan333 on January 26, 2023 at 10:43 am

It’s fantastic that the Theatre has been redone inside and the twin theaters switched back to one original theater. They now have live events and movie screenings. Great for this organization to have put the money and time into redoing the theater

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