Take a pictorial walk through Poli's theaters and estate

Join Milford Preservation Trust as it revisits theater entrepreneur Sylvester Z. Poli’s Palace and Majestic theaters in Bridgeport and also learn about his Milford home, Villa Rosa, Thursday, Nov.19, at 7 p.m., at Scribner’s Restaurant, 31 Village Road, Milford.

Take a pictorial walk back to an earlier place in time, when theaters were in their heyday, with photographers Jay Misencik and Geralene Valentine. Co-owners of Misencik Photography in Monroe, they will share their photographs and history of the classic Beaux-Arts designed Palace and Majestic theaters, in Bridgeport – two of many Poli theaters built throughout the country.

Also learn about their photography project that will include those who remember the theaters in better days.

Designed by Scottish architect Thomas W. Lamb, who was commissioned by Poli for the project, the theaters were constructed in the early 1920s and stand as examples of the splendor of the early age of film.

Generations of people attended both film and theatre productions in these historic and architecturally significant structures, which are today listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

“Sadly, they have seen better days, and it is the hope of preservationists and historians, that they will again be restored and revived to their former splendor,” members of the Milford Preservation Trust said in a press release.

Poli and his family also summered in the Woodmont section of Milford, which comprises an equally splendid architectural complex on Long Island Sound – Villa Rosa – which still stands.

People can learn about the history and preservation efforts associated with the buildings. A $5 cover charge includes light refreshments. RSVP by Nov. 16 to Michele Kramer at 203-314-9016, email michelechesson@msn.com, or Regina Cahill at 203-974-3542, email reginacahill32@yahoo.com.