Little Theatre

1 Lincoln Street,
New Haven, CT 06510

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Architects: Samuel G. Russell

Functions: Movies (Film Festivals)

Previous Names: Lincoln Theatre

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 203.782.3677

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Little Theatre

The Little Theatre on Lincoln Street, formerly known as the Lincoln Theatre, is now owned by ACES, a regional educational resource center that uses it for educational purposes. It is also used for small local shows and is still used for movies during the Greater New Haven Film Festival each year.

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 5, 2005 at 1:22 pm

An article in the New Haven Register on June 29, 2005, mentions owner Robert Spodick reflecting on the imminent closing of the York Square Cinema and recalls the Lincoln, which he had also run:

Robert Spodick said, “I’m sad, that’s all. I’ve closed other theaters, but we always were moving on to something else.”

He and his former partner, Leonard Sampson, who died last year, came to New Haven in 1945 to open the Lincoln Theater. They specialized in foreign art films and revivals of classics until they closed the Lincoln in 1982.

Jim Vecchio
Jim Vecchio on April 27, 2006 at 10:07 am

I attended this movie house periodically prior to its sad demise; There was never a regretted moment, and I’d much rather see a classic here than on a video or DVD. One of my memories was that at some time, someone wrote on an inside wall, “Strother Martin Lives” and everytime I would attend a showing, I would always look forward to viewing that anonymous fan’s statement. I wonder if it is still there. Maybe I’ll atend a New Haven film festival showing this year and find out. Incidentally, prior to the closing of YORK SQUARE Cinemas, the referred to their third screen as “The Lincoln at York Square” but it definitely wasn’t!!!

shoeshoe14 on May 13, 2008 at 10:33 pm

This theatre was mentioned in a blurb in last week’s New Haven Advocate. It said it was probably the most underutilized concert stage in town (you have to take out your own insurance policy to rent it). GuitartownCT Productions put on a show recently with legendary flatpicker Tony Rice for a series of bluegrass shows. The next show will be in November.

shoeshoe14 on November 16, 2008 at 4:33 pm

Was here last night for the Sideshow and Animation Festival, Forgot to Laugh. Nice place. It’s small, but inside it feels cavernous. Original seats are comfy, there are 136 but there were extra chairs added, maybe 100 more.

The pedestrian plaza out front is great to gather, the inside lobby is small but cozy and the hallway on the left was perfect for the art gallery displays. When the display was taken down, the original pictures on the wall were left, depicting all the productions that had been presented there. The bathrooms are way in the back, there’s an upstairs with 2 offices and a large backstage area.

The auditorium is nice, with the ceilings being at least 25 feet at the apex, with a vast array of tracks and lighting, as well as extensive lighting on the stage. They had an in-house movie screen that came down on electrified cable in between acts. Seats were comfy, but the backs weren’t. Overall, a great place.

joydances on March 29, 2009 at 9:37 am

hey all! Does anyone know how to reach the powers that be at the Little Theater?? I can never seem to reach anyone by phone…I would love to find an intimate and unique, and available space for performances!

Thanks!– Joy

TLSLOEWS on February 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm

Now that is a little theatre.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 12, 2010 at 6:01 am

I do not know if this piece of info from Boxoffice Magazine refers to this theatre or another. Was this place ever called the “Victory”?

from Boxoffice Magazine, April 23, 1938:
Victory Will Open with Foreign Language Films
NEW HAVEN – The Victory Theatre will have its grand opening as a minority-language and foreign picture house on Thursday, April 28. Molly Picon’s “Yiddle with his Fiddle” will be the opening feature, to be followed by “Green Fields” and a Greek picture which is being considered. Michael Tomasino is the operator.

classictheaters on July 31, 2010 at 12:44 am

Cute little historic theater near Yale University. I saw many “art” films there including John Waters' PINK FLAMINGOS…

djsampson on August 27, 2011 at 12:25 pm

If you look at the picture you can see the little circular hole which was the box office. The theater was an old barn. But it had great movies. It premiered most of the early Fellini films like 8 ½; it premiered the Graduate; and it got shut down for showing I am Curious Yellow and I Am Curious Blue (look it up if you are too young). Sampson and Spodick came up from the Bronx after WWII and their mission was to bring the art cinema to Connecticut, which they did admirably. Both are recognized by the National Association of Theater Owners as Pioneers of the industry.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on November 12, 2021 at 4:41 am

The Italian film “The Little World of Don Camillo” had its American premiere here at the Lincoln at the end of December 1952 according to a blurb in Boxoffice Magazine on January 3, 1953.

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