Poli Palace, Majestic Theater and Savoy Hotel (1922)

November 25th, 2014 Posted in Bridgeport, Hotels, Neoclassical, Theaters

Poli Palace, Majestic Theater and Savoy Hotel, Bridgeport

In downtown Bridgeport is a vacant and dilapidated 13-acre building complex, which occupies a city block. Ghost hunters are very interested in the building, which was possibly built on a Native American burial ground. The Beaux Arts structure, built in 1922, was once home to the Poli Palace, the Majestic Theater and the Savoy Hotel. The Poli Palace was built by theater impresario Sylvester Z. Poli as a vaudeville house. Mae West appeared at the theater in 1927. It was the largest theater in Connecticut and continued in use (later renamed Loew’s Palace Theater) until 1975. The Majestic Theater was smaller than the Poli Palace. It was in operation as a movie theater until 1971. Both theaters were designed by Thomas W. Lamb. Between the two theaters was the 109-room Savoy Hotel. In 1935 the Prohibition-era gangster and bootlegger Dutch Schultz moved to the Stratfield Hotel across the street for several months after two trials for tax evasion in New York State. It is wondered if he was involved in the murder of two people in the second floor lobby of the Savoy during this period. A month after leaving Bridgeport Dutch Shultz was gunned down in Newark, New Jersey. The city is seeking to redevelop the property.

  1. 5 Responses to “Poli Palace, Majestic Theater and Savoy Hotel (1922)”

  2. By dutch schultzeast haddam on Mar 22, 2017

    dutch schultz was in bridgeport and ran a speak easy@the gelston house east moodus he had millions of dollars in cash buried at coindre hall or maybe some at the gelston house jewels diamonds rubies and 12 million in $$1000 dollar us bills i say its buried at the gelston house i say its time for a sayonce and paranormal investigation where is dutch schultz hidden booty of treasure

  3. By eluswin on Apr 3, 2017

    Just heard about Gangsters and Guns night at the Gelston House East Haddam. I guess the Hartford Curant News will be their, Kash bar great gatsby costumes and prohibition beer.

  4. By lenwren on Apr 23, 2017

    Kathy Boutwell UK in her book Traveling with the Dutchman re-counts her investigations into Dutch Schultz using Gelston House East Hadan, CT as a clandestine jumping off point to run Canadian whiskey south bound into his various Bronx speak easy’s. I would like to know what happened to his loot and where he is buried. On his death certificate it states Calvary Cemetery.

  5. By ZARND on May 2, 2017

    The real clandestine speak easy Dutch Schultz ran and owned and to check out was a place called The Glenmere Estate now Mansion in Chester, New York.

    Great place to take a drink and step back in time at the prohibition speak easy during the Volstead Act.

    Plain and simple Dutch Schultz was the baddest of the bad!!!!!!!

  6. By troy um. on May 14, 2017

    recently read an article at the Hartford Library
    that puts Dutch Schultz in Bridgeport and further went on to state that Dutch Schultz managed a speak easy in a place call East Hadan or East Haddam CT called the Galston House. i hope they do a news report on the galston house as i am fascinated with Prohibition and specifically Dutch Schultz and his hidden loot. Does anyone know where east hadan is in connecituct?? thanx

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