We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
This downtown theater and hotel complex was built in the early 1920s right on Main St. They don't make 'em like this anymore. Plenty of famous entertainers appeared in these theaters as they bridged the space between vaudeville and modern movies.
"In the heart of Bridgeport stands an abandoned 13-acre building complex that includes the Poli Palace, the Majestic Theater and the Savoy Hotel, each of which were once glorious edifices and now are empty and crumbling structures, home to rats, vagrants and … ghosts?"
Both theaters had about 2000 seats. For the price of a ticket, you got a taste of elegance and music from a grand old Hall pipe organ. "Meet me at the Poli." Here are some pics of the Poli Palace (later Loew's Palace).
And here's a stroll through the now-creepy Majestic:
One is struck by the generally good condition of the theatre.
There appears to be little water damage, the windows have not been smashed and the locusts have not yet descended on it.
Unless I missed it, it would have been of interest if the the article at the link had noted how long the structures have been abandoned. Also too bad the slide show did not contain captions (again, unless I some how missed it).
thanks for posting those links. certainly don't see workmanship like that these days. sad to think how many other majestic palaces are turning to dust. I read some of the comments about potential restoration, but if the demographics are as you described, I doubt it happens. We have a nearby opera house in Abbeville; minor league compared to Bridgeport but still...just as empty and just as by-gone. best regards.