The city was a smokin’ theater town thanks in part to Sylvester Poli. What would the mayoral candidates do with his shuttered twin gems? The city has some cool shows and concerts going on today at Downtown Cabaret Theatre, The Klein and the new Bijou Theatre. Check them out and check out a piece of city history as the event below:
Bridgeport’s Theatre Legacy: Lecture & Reception. A History of Poli’s Palace and Majestic Theaters. Presentation by Mary Witkowski, Bridgeport History Center/Bridgeport Public Library. Gallery Tour & Reception with photographer JJ Misencik
Direct from New York, Bridgeport was a popular stopping point for some of the best plays and widely-known actors. Sylvester Z. Poli was Bridgeport’s greatest theatre entrepreneur who built or renovated six of Bridgeport’s theatres between 1901 and 1922. His grandest theatres, Poli’s Palace and the Majestic, opened in 1922 with much fanfare and entertained audiences for more than fifty years. This program gives viewers insight into the performances, entertainment and history of the site.
The presentation will be followed by a gallery tour and reception for the exhibit “Inside Bridgeport’s Theatres” featuring the photography of JJ Misencik.
When: Sunday, November 6 1:00pm – 3pm
Where: Fairfield Museum & History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield CT 06824
$8; Members and students, $5.
To register, call 203-259-1598 or register online at www.fairfieldhistory.org