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Fairfielders Offer Ways to Save Community Theatre

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Anyone unfamiliar with the Community Theatre’s importance in Fairfield need look no further than The Daily Fairfield’s Facebook page to learn of the landmark’s significance. Reaction to this morning’s story on the theater’s uncertain future prompted a flood of comments. Many suggested interesting ways the theater might move forward.

Reader Chris Joyce, for example, suggested the theater become a jazz club. Fellow follower Cathy Lindsay Jones liked the thought. “It needs to be taken over by a profit-making venture/company,” Jones wrote. “In Dublin a lot of the old theatres now do double duty as jazz clubs/salsa clubs.”

Chris Gombos, who knows something about the film business , thought the Community Theatre should stick to movies. But instead of its old model–waiting for films to end their initial theatrical run, then showing them for less cost—Gombos suggested a new approach.

“They need to try to get more first-run independent films!” he wrote. “[Stamford’s] The Avon and [Norwalk’s Garden Cinemas] do well. And the next closest one is New Haven.”

Jones also thought it might be a good project for Fairfield University to take on, having already decided to expand its reach into Fairfield Center with its bookstore due next month. But Jennifer Hochberg suggested it might take an even bigger force in Fairfield.

“I think a local based company such as [General Electric] ought to be a good partner in saving this wonderful local 'icon'!” Hochberg posted. “It would be a shame for the Community to close for good.”

Tell us what you think about the Community Theatre’s fate, or any of our other stories, in the comments below. Or “Like” our Facebook page yourself and join in the conversation there.

To reach Greg Canuel, email gcanuel@thedailyfairfield.com .

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