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A small movie theater with a few screens.
Posted in: Public Amenities Tagged: arts centre, movie, theater, theatre
Submitted by Keith Jackson January 22, 2011 (last changed April 11, 2011)
A small movie theater featuring indie films, old time films AND the movies that are fairly new. This is cross generational and can appeal to a wide variety of audiences.
Well, Bristol’s not very densly developed, its almost 27 square miles. Certain areas of Bristol, like the center of Bristol, the Forestville area, Middle st. and Farmington ave. are more dense than to the north and to the west in Bristol. But I’ve heard alot of people saying that its a convienient place to live. So much is just a drive up the road. In general, a little more convienient than Southington and less conjested than New Britain. Just to try and throw some insight out there.
The theater in Plainville isn’t that far and its large. It would be neat to have a theater back down there, but it might not be practical.
More activities in Bristol would be nice. Not more bars but stuff to actually do. Whats missing in the area? A nice restaurant or two, an arcade, lazertag, go-carting, stuff like that.
But of course, in order for people to spend money on and have time for stuff like that, they need jobs that will pay for a middle-class lifestyle. Jobs that Bristol, like towns all over America now, is lacking.
I really think this is a fantastic idea for Bristol’s downtown! People in Bristol, especially high school kids, frequently travel all the way out to Plainville to see movies on weekends, summer vacations, and celebrations. Not only is that an inconvenience for Bristol residents (especially parents, who have to drive their nagging teenagers to these far away venues), but it is harmful to Bristol, since Bristol becomes known for a lack of entertainment venues and also looses revenue when those profits go to cinemas in Plainville and Southington. Thus, creating a small theater within Bristol’s historic downtown would not only provide teens and adults with a closer place to enjoy a fun night, but it would also be the optimal facility to build in order to kickstart a renewed nightlife and entertainment center in Bristol. I really believe this theater could be the start of a new reputation for Bristol!
I would love to have a movie theater right in town. This is something that many people do over the weekends that can potentially attract a lot of business here in Bristol.
We have tried the bigger theaters and failed. A smaller theater would fare better.
A small theater with classic films and new releases would go well
and JRudz, have you been there lately? it’s a plazza now. There’s a supplements store, a subway, and a few other things in there now.
Ditto on what Lindsay said !! Great idea!
Couldn’t this be accomplished by renovating, or completely bulldozing and rebuilding, the old movie theater by the Forestville Stop & Shop, thus leaving this area for another item? Just thinking of how to maximize space in lil’ ol’ Bristol.
I like the idea of running independent and classic films alongside new releases. New releases will always bring in a lot of money, but there will always be some people such as myself who would love to see old movies on the big screen – we run a lot of somewhat older films (The Matrix, etc.) at the Student Union at UConn and it draws a decent crowd.
Nice one Neil!!
I agree with the idea of showing more independent art films. There are very few places in this part of the state besides Hartford where one can see independent/foreign/avant-garde/classic films in a theater.
Just as an FYI, the picture on the right is a movie theater in Copenhagen… I included it because I thought the architecture was cool.
What Lindsay said.
Remember when the Bristol movie theater closed and then re-opened as a $3 theater? Before it went downhill, it featured fairly new movies that were out of theaters for about a year or so. I am sure all those old movie reels get recycled after awhile, so why not put them to use by keeping them in circulation for a bit longer. Seems like a win/win for everyone.
Maybe this could be located in the piazza, where since it doesn’t have any windows, could also host a giant screen for watching major sporting events, concerts and outdoor movies like this: http://bit.ly/fnaO6a (though at a smaller scale than the photo in the link!)