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This thread will take a look at what was playing in the theaters 100 years ago. To narrow the scope, I chose one theater, Poli’s, in the city where I was born, Bridgeport, CT. In 1919, the theater was managed by Matt Saunders (more on him later). I will post the theater listings (from publicly available sources), and whenever possible, see what I can discover about the film(s) being shown. I encourage anyone who knows anything about the films to chime in. First up, a brief look at the theater: Poli’s Theater (which no longer exists) was located on Main Street in downtown Bridgeport. The movie house was part of the chain owned by S.Z. Poli, and was considered the finest theater on the circuit, boasting a seating capacity of 3,300. The “first lobby,” or entrance, seen below, featured a great mirror on either side, framed between marble columns. Three sets of double doors led to the “second lobby,” which was the ticket lobby. The ticket lobby, shown below, contained two marble ticket windows, and three more sets of double doors leading to the “third lobby,” or foyer. The foyer, shown below, sported four sets of triple doors on the left, leading to the seats. The doors on the right led to the exits and manager’s office. The columns were all made of marble, as was the staircase in the center. The last photo shows the auditorium, with the stage, and box seats on either side. A beautiful painting adorned the arch. Next up: a look at Matt Saunders.
If anyone is interested in learning about film history or another's take or point of view on it, I highly recommend this one. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2044056/ If you have Amazon Prime, you can view it there or buy it there.