Connecticut’s Largest IMAX Theater to Be Demoed for New Railroad Bridge

The cinema at Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, Conn., which features a six-story IMAX screen — the largest in the state — will close on Jan. 18 and be demolished to make way for a project to replace a 124-year-old railroad bridge, the aquarium has announced. Another cinema, with a two-story 4D screen and 169 seats, is being built on the other side of the aquarium and will open soon after the IMAX theater closes, aquarium spokesperson Dave Sigworth said. The bridge construction project will take more than five years, he said. It is designed by the architectural firm Beyer Blinder Belle; and the owner’s representative is CSG Construction Solutions Group, with construction managed in a joint venture of AP Construction and O&G Industries. Groundbreaking was in November 2019. The aquarium was built in 1988, inside a former 1860s iron works, as part of a SoNo revitalization project. The theater, which was new construction, was connected to the aquarium by an interior walkway under the bridge. The aquarium, a nonprofit, pays a nominal rent every year for the use of both buildings.

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