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Ridgefield Ribbon-Cutting To Offer Preview Of Prospector Theater

A ribbon-cutting party will be held at Prospector Theater in Ridgefield on Thursday. Photo Credit: Prospector Theater website
The Pop Up Shop at the Prospector is already open as construction continues. Photo Credit: Prospector Theater website

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. -- In anticipation of the soon-to-open Prospector Theater, the Pop Up Shop will host a ribbon-cutting celebration on Thursday from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at the Ridgefield venue.

Attendees will be able to view the current Prospector Theater construction and get a preview of the movie theater, projected to open next summer. The space will be open to hold community events, to train future staff with special needs and to offer cultural opportunities until its official grand opening. Memberships to the theater will be sold during the event, which will be held at 454 Main St. in Ridgefield.

Extensive research has been done to try and emulate the design of the original Ridgefield Theater, which was on the same spot, with contemporary touches reflecting this century’s design and technology. The new building will have the same look from Prospect Street as the original, which opened in 1940. Take a look at this slideshow of renderings of the new theater exterior by its architects, Doyle Coffin Architecture.

The pop in the Pop Up Shop is for popcorn. It is already open for special events and community activities, including movies. And the interior looks like a movie theater, with a big TV screen, rows of seats and dark curtains.

When it opens, the Prospector will house three theaters.

The new Prospect Theater plans to employ a number of staff with special needs and will work with SPHERE. Its mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities. It was founded more than 20 years ago to serve local residents with developmental disabilities.

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