Pumping life back into the theater

Full story: NewsTimes.com 16
Like lost reels of Technicolor film, The Palace Theater will come to life this week as the cornerstone of the Connecticut Film Festival. Full Story
Native Hatter

East Berlin, CT

#1 May 18, 2008
I'll always remember going to the Palace in the summer, just before school opened. They would give you a gift of a new pencil box with pencils and a ruler inside.
Sam Cardinale was the manager then and he took very good care of his customers. I remember when I was younger we would always be afraid to sit under the chandelier.
There were many times that we would walk to Ed's Cigar Box first and buy pea shooters and a bag of peas and then we would sit in the back and shoot our friends. Nowdays we would get arrested for that. How times have changed.
A big thanks to the DaSilva boys for their effort on bringing back this gem.
reeling

Topsham, ME

#2 May 18, 2008
Lets hope Dasilva has enough vision to do something with the Palace, its hard to believe he does. A full restoration will cost millions and take professionals. If Joe hires college students to repaint interiors (as he has already done) don't expect another Warner theater in Torrington or the Palace in Waterbury, it won't happen!
LAIDOFF

Sandy Hook, CT

#3 May 18, 2008
EASY RIDER on the big screen
Joel Osteen

Bristol, CT

#4 May 18, 2008
Thank you Mr. DaSilva for bringing back a city center gem. with the return of the Palace you will bring back happier days and create new memories for the masses. you will be blessed for doing the right thing.
yankee fan

Enfield, CT

#5 May 18, 2008
reeling wrote:
Lets hope Dasilva has enough vision to do something with the Palace, its hard to believe he does. A full restoration will cost millions and take professionals. If Joe hires college students to repaint interiors (as he has already done) don't expect another Warner theater in Torrington or the Palace in Waterbury, it won't happen!
Don't count on it remember the last administration wanted to buy it and tun it into a community theater. DaSilva wouldn't sell it but wanted the city to pay for renovations then lease it from him.
I say no way before all that talk starts again. No tax payer dollars for Dasilva, leave it empty.
Power Shot

Arlington, VT

#6 May 18, 2008
I'll always remember my feet sticking to the floor the last time I went to a movie at the Palace. I hope they mopped the floor for the big day.
palace ghost

Wallingford, CT

#7 May 18, 2008
reeling, How is it that you know so much as to what is going on inside the Palace?
Hopeful

AOL

#9 May 18, 2008
Hopefully someone will be able to restore this lovely old theater. I remember going there as a kid also. I remember it had a huge screen and was such a beautiful place.
PJ Dolan

Cranston, RI

#10 May 18, 2008
Those were the days my friends, we thought they`ed never end, sadly, they did. Do they still have the Christmas lights going across Main St?
equalinall

United States

#11 May 18, 2008
The last time I think I went to the Palace Theatre, was to watch "Alice in Wonderland" as a child. I don't remember going there after that. But, it was very sad when it closed, because it was one of those places, that, as a child, you always imagined going as a "grown up" when you were old enough to go "with a boy" on a "real date!". I'm glad to see it open again for the film festival, and hope it will return full time.

Incidentally, I remember the theatre at North Street Shopping center very clearly. And what I remember most about that theatre, is that afterward, we'd head over and get a cup of espresso and a pastry from Sal's bakery. And I remember opening the door to the little plaza the bakery was in, and smelling the delightful smell of all the italian cheeses and such from the deli there.
Yeah Right

Burlington, VT

#12 May 18, 2008
equalinall wrote:
The last time I think I went to the Palace Theatre, was to watch "Alice in Wonderland" as a child. I don't remember going there after that. But, it was very sad when it closed, because it was one of those places, that, as a child, you always imagined going as a "grown up" when you were old enough to go "with a boy" on a "real date!". I'm glad to see it open again for the film festival, and hope it will return full time.
Incidentally, I remember the theatre at North Street Shopping center very clearly. And what I remember most about that theatre, is that afterward, we'd head over and get a cup of espresso and a pastry from Sal's bakery. And I remember opening the door to the little plaza the bakery was in, and smelling the delightful smell of all the italian cheeses and such from the deli there.
Wee itse easy to see why your views are always liberal and in favor of illegasl:

You're an old lady, go figure....
my palace memories

United States

#13 May 18, 2008
I remember being nervous when the lights went out that the cockroaches would start crawling on us movie goers, the place was filthy and you could hardly walk around because the floors were so disgustingly sticky. The place was and is a dump and I don't think I'd ever want to go there again.
GreatMemories

Jericho, VT

#14 May 18, 2008
35 cents for a Saturday matinee, 15 cents for popcorn (no butter), great memories, first romance, and experiences I will never, ever forget.
I'll be there, hoping to have my arm go numb (again) while I hold my baby oh so close!
Great job Joe DaSilva, City Center, and the Ct Film Festival!
Best of luck to you all!
danbct

AOL

#17 May 19, 2008
Whatever happened to the organ. Does anyone know anything about it? What kind, stop list, etc. What happened to it?
EDK

Longs, SC

#18 May 20, 2008
i was once a projectionist at the palace, back in the early 70s. when it was just one screen. my first job was next door at the empress theater as an usher. in the early 50s good memories.
Silvio

New York, NY

#19 May 20, 2008
I am glad I remember going to the Palace in the late 70's and the back municipal parking lot where I parked my parents buick, the area has changed and I welcome back the palace I hope it remains and contributes to the resurgence in Danbury.

I remember seeing Sudden Impact and the Lincoln Conspiracy, interesting how you remember things.

I thought Rocky Horror was at the cine' right accross the street from the old Holiday Inn. That is where I went.

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