Loew's Palace Theater

645 Main Street,
Hartford, CT 06103

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Previously operated by: Loew's Inc., Loew's-Poli, Poli

Architects: Thomas White Lamb, Ferdinand Von Beren

Firms: Brown & Von Beren

Previous Names: Loew's Poli Palace Theater

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Loew's Palace Theater

Located almost next to its sister theater the Loew’s Poli Theater, the Loew’s Poli Palace Theater opened on May 25, 1914 with “Tess of the Storm Country” on screen and six acts of vaudeville on stage. It was quite obvious that the interior had been modified. Where the side box seats were once located, some type of dark filler, perhaps painted plywood, was used.

The auditorium was very plain, making one wonder just how much of the original decor was not retained. The seats had white cloth covers.

I remember commenting about it to my mother about it and she said that many high class theaters used to cover their seats in the summer because all the ladies wore white. This prevented their attire from getting soiled, at least visibly.

It was demolished in September 1964 together with its near neighbor the Low’s Poli Theater and the site is now occupied by Bushnell Plaza.

Contributed by Al Larkin

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

Buckley on June 28, 2007 at 8:40 pm

When I attended this theater in the early 50’s, as I did all of the downtown Hartford theaters, this and the Loews next door, were truly very ornate. During intermissions, when all the lights were on, I would look up at the huge chandelier, painted ceiling and ornate sculpture and think that I really was in a palace. The Allyn, Loews and the Loews Palace were the first to install air conditioning. The E.M. Loew’s that was next to the Allyn, never did get refridgerated. It was still packed in the summer time. They used big fans and opened all of the doors.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 23, 2007 at 10:50 am

A period photo of the theatre when it was the (New) Palace Theatre can be seen in the “Images of America” book Hartford, Volume I, page 61. The marquee displays the 1929 film The Cockeyed World.

Buckley on July 23, 2007 at 3:26 pm

I would love to see the photos that are in the “Images of America” for the Palace and other Hartford theaters but not having the book, I would ask that the photos that Mr. DeLuca mentions, be scanned and posted along with your comments to the ‘ADD PHOTO’ link at the top of this page.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 23, 2007 at 4:04 pm

I will attempt to scan and post them as links to a photo server in the next few days. The add-a-photo function on this website doesn’t work, and in any event would allow for only one photo per theatre page.

TLSLOEWS on February 8, 2011 at 1:46 pm

A.K.A. Loews Poli Palace.

pathsofglory on March 23, 2015 at 11:11 am

When I came to Hartford in the fall of 1961 to begin Trinity, there were many theatres. Now there are none. There were also unique shops and restaurants – not the current yuppie-duppie types serving 23 types of quiche or bland chains, but individually owned establishments. Probably they, including the theatres, couldn’t pass the ADA-mandated “handicap access” requirements or stringent fire codes, but downtown was a wonderland of REAL diversity, reminiscent of Petulia Clarks’s “Downtown.”

rivest266 on February 20, 2017 at 2:41 am

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on December 5, 2021 at 2:08 am

DEMOLISHED after September 1964 for the construction of Bushnell Plaza. It was torn down along with its sister Loew’s Poli Theatre next to it.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on January 10, 2023 at 2:42 pm

A November 8, 1913 item in Moving Picture World said that construction had begun on Sylvester Poli’s new theater at Main and Gold streets in Hartford. The architect for the project was Ferdinand Von Beren of Brown & Von Beren, New Haven. Von Beren designed a number of early projects for Poli. It wasn’t until later that Poli began hiring Thomas Lamb. It’s possible that Lamb designed some later alterations for the Palace, but the original architect was Von Beren.

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