What’s next for Branford movie theater property? Experts offer ideas

The hulking building that sits silently on the southwest corner of the Exit 55 interchange between Interstate 95 and Route 1 seems oddly out of place at what is one of Branford’s busiest and most high profile intersections.

That wasn’t always the case. The building, a former Regal Cinemas multiplex, used to draw moviegoers from all along the shoreline.

But that changed a year ago. That’s when the theater screened its last film, a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic and consumers changing tastes in the way they consume Hollywood’s big budget films.

Still, Branford’s top economic development official said he remains hopeful that the property, which is almost 14 acres according to town land records, can have a second act.

“There has definitely been interest in the property,” said Perry Maresca, the town’s economic and business development manager. “But there’s nothing we can discuss at this point.”

Maresca described the area that the defunct theater is located in as “a hybrid that gives us some flexibility in how the property can be used.”

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