Situated on a busy street in Norwalk, CT, nestled between businesses, sits the unassuming Wall Street Theater. The façade depicts just another brick building, but underneath it’s disguise, the rich and colorful history tells a very different story.
It’s 1914 Samuel Kantor wants to purchase the building and turn it into something fantastic. Adorning the building with a technicolor marquee Samuel decides to name the theater “The Regent.” At a time when silent films were on their way out and “talkies” were all the rage, The Regent became historically significant as a venue that played films with sound. Notable performers such as John Barrymore, Mary Pickford and John Philip Sousa graced the stage and vaudeville acts, as well as political events were always in full swing.
When the great depression hit, The Regent took a toll. The normal influx of customers waned along with funds needed to pay its performers. In an effort to revive what was lost, the decision was made to transform The Regent into The Norwalk Theater. Touted as one of the finest theaters in New England, the theater boasted the ability to show double pictures. Over the decades, the theater transformed once again into The Marquee, hosting acts like the Wu Tang Clan, then the Globe Theater, which also featured live music. In 1999, the property was purchased and transformed into the Roxy. As a nightclub, the space maintained its historic charm amidst the high tech world of lighting and sound.
Today, Design Development Architects has teamed up with a non-profit organization to support its latest restoration. Spearheaded by Mark Schulman and Auris Pena, the now abandoned property is being revitalized to its former glory. As an Architecture firm, part of our duty is to preserve the past. Beautiful historic buildings can easily fall into ruins and if they are demolished, so much history goes along with them. We take pride in maintaining the integrity of structures such as this and cannot wait to debut the soon to be Wall Street Theater.