Branford Theatre

29 South Main Street,
Branford, CT 06405

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Architects: Walter Robinson Shiner

Functions: Housing

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Branford Theatre

The Branford Theatre was opened in 1934. It suffered a fire in on February 1, 1953 and was rebuilt. It reopened on March 8, 1954.

The lobby of the Branford Theatre on South Main Street has been converted into office space. The now-vacant auditorium was converted into apartments.

Contributed by Roger Katz

Recent comments (view all 5 comments)

William on November 19, 2003 at 4:09 pm

The Branford Theatre seated once 993 people.

ZARDOZ on January 1, 2005 at 4:26 pm

Another sad victim of the megaplex. This wasn’t the most spectacular theater; its interior had no decorative appointments and was essentially just a boxy (but large) auditorium. But what Branford lost was a family-run, downtown theater that appealed to families and gave patrons a sense of community. Contrast and compare to the warehouse-looking, garish, overpriced megaplex just east of Branford that put this place out of business. By the way, that will be $5.00 for your small bag of popcorn, and another $5.00 for that small soda. Enjoy the show!

hardbop on April 6, 2005 at 8:31 pm

My first job out of college in 1980 was working in Branford, Conn. I worked for the local newspaper, the “Branford Review.” I do remember this theatre well, though I lived in New Haven so I never went here. I remember my boss and her family all went to see “Private Benjamin” here though.

bicyclereporter on August 8, 2010 at 8:35 pm

Passed this the other day. The “marquee” is no longer there and indeed there are lots of apartments there. Balconies on either side of the auditorium, you can’t even tell it was a theatre. Nice conversion. Great looking apartments, roomy parking in the rear.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on February 15, 2021 at 2:11 am

The Branford Theatre suffered a fire on February 1, 1953. It was rebuilt and then re-opened on March 18, 1954, See related photos I have posted.

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