Apple Cinemas Xtreme Hartford

330 New Park Avenue,
Hartford, CT 06106

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Operated by: Apple Cinemas

Previously operated by: Bow-Tie Cinemas, Crown Theatres LLC

Architects: James Thomas Martino

Functions: Movies (First Run)

Previous Names: Crown Palace 17 & Odyssey Theatre, Bow Tie Palace 17 & Odyssey Theater, Bow Tie Palace 17 & BTX

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Bow Tie Palace 17 Palace 17 and BTX

The giant screen in the Odyssey Theater is over five stories tall with a six-track digital sound system powered by 18,000 watts.

All the screens have stadium seating and Dolby Digital sound.

Bow-Tie closed this location with the Covid-19 pandemic. It was announced on June 10, 2020 that the Palace 17 will be closed permanently. It was taken over by Apple Cinemas and reopened in October 2020, with 10 screens. There are plans to turn the rest of the building into a family entertainment center.

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John Fink
John Fink on December 30, 2007 at 6:57 am

Not only the average Joe but the average film student at UHa, I doubt that was they were the problem. If anything you’ll have to start selling drugs on the side to afford the $11 Odyssey admission price and snacks. So I guess according to Joe they’ve added proper masking in the Odyssey, which like the I-Max at Buckland used to project things on the very large screen and it would be like watching a letter box movie on your TV. It the proper ratio but it only fills up part of the screen. Now if they were to convert it to a full I-Max (they used to show “enhanced 35MM prints” with more detail for the larger screen) they could compete with Buckland since I’m sure their screen is larger than the mini-I-Max there (I even argued to National Amusements that I bet the screens 7 and 8 at the Showcase West Springfield were larger than Buckland’s I-Max).

I knew the theater was on the verge of being sold when the operations improved and the prices was lowered, in its final months as Crown the place was spotless (I really haven’t been there much since the Bow Tie take over but things there seem to be the same and I’m glad to hear they have plans to improve Cinema City which I don’t think has ever been improved since it opened 40 years ago). But now with East Hartford out of the picture (also old, but very well run) and Bloomfield, it does make sense to me that they can play films day and date with Criterion and still keep Cinema City open, all without veering into Real Art Ways' type of film.

fred1 on June 10, 2010 at 7:15 am

With the nearby Cinema City Closes on July 22. The Palace will set aside 5 of its theaters to make The New Cinema City @ the Palace the next day. This will be great, it will have a separate enterance and upscale consession . This will offer the public an better selection . Insted of showing a hollywood blockbuster in 3-4 theaters you will get counter program with fine arthouse and independant features.

John Fink
John Fink on July 25, 2010 at 12:41 am

Cinema City is covered here by the Courant – so far it sounds like they’re doing the right things – I hope it remains and develops into a place for the Hartford film community and they get more involved. Parkville certainly isn’t a bad place to be with Real Art Ways down the street and the annual Hartford International Film Festival (if Bow Tie and the city lent some additional support that festival could grow and increase attendance – which in return would boast Bow Tie’s bottom line in developing a special wing for film goers with taste). Here’s the article on the new theater:

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 4, 2013 at 7:34 pm

The Palace was designed for Crown Cinema Corporation by Port Washington, New York, architect James Thomas Martino. The City of Hartford requested the rather traditional movie palace facade, a departure from the more adventurous designs Martino usually did for Crown. The theater had a total of 3,611 seats.

John Fink
John Fink on May 30, 2016 at 9:24 pm

The Odyssey Theater was a purpose built large screen format screen with stadium seating sight-lines quite comparable to legacy IMAX and big curved screen. I’m sure that hasn’t changed with the digital upgrade – I can only speak for it when they were showing “enhanced 35MM” in the Crown days but the sound and presentation was quite good although like IMAX the screen didn’t have masking.

(This screen is much larger than the mini-IMAX National Amusements opened at Buckland Hills – despite opening with 15/70MM they sandwiched a slightly larger screen into a 250 seat, two story room — the was of course the beginning of the “lie-max” era!)

rivest266 on February 26, 2017 at 7:22 am

This opened on October 27th, 2000. Grand opening ad in the photo section.


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rivest266 on February 26, 2017 at 7:33 am

The Odyssey’s projector failed on opening day

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and still having trouble on November 28th

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fred1 on June 10, 2020 at 3:08 pm

Bow Tie cinemas has announce that the Palace won’t reopen once restrictions are lifted they choose not to renewal their lease. The landlord is looking for another operater

robboehm on June 10, 2020 at 7:08 pm

fred 1 We’re going to see a lot of that.

BigScreen_com on October 14, 2020 at 2:08 pm

This theater is being taken over by Apple Cinemas: Hartford, CT: Bow Tie Palace 17 & BTX Theater Gets New Management [Jun 19, 2020]

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