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Natural Awakenings Fairfield Cty/Housatonic Valley, CT

Ridgefield’s Prospector Theater Gala Opening

Dec 02, 2014 03:30PM

The Prospector Theater, a non-profit movie theater created specifically for the purpose of providing training and jobs for adults with disabilities, has been beautifully restored on the site of the original Ridgefield Playhouse after years of planning and construction. On November 20, a gala reception marked the official opening of The Prospector, featuring Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part I, the latest installment of the popular Hunger Games series.

The unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities is nearly 80 percent in the U.S. The need to help provide meaningful opportunities was driven by Prospector’s founder, Valerie Jensen, after seeing first-hand the sense of fulfillment her sister Hope, born with Down Syndrome, experienced when tasked with meaningful work.

“Our friends with disabilities are eager to work,” says Jensen, “not just for their own satisfaction and to earn a living, but also to show others in the community that they too can be viewed as independent, contributing members of society.”

The Prospector’s façade is architecturally designed and restored to its original design, but once moviegoers enter the building, they will find the theater now features a contemporary look with state-of-the-art technology, artwork and amenities, including a café, restaurant and bar. The Prospector is now home to four digital theaters – all with 3D digital projectors and stadium seating. The theaters will show first-run movies as well as be available for rentals and events.


For more information, visit or call 203-438-0136. Location: 25 Prospect St, Ridgefield.

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