Robert C. Spodick

Robert C.  Spodick, Honored Life Member of The National Association of Movie Pioneers died at Gaylord Hospital Milne Pavilion in Stratford, Connecticut, on December 22, 2009, at the age of 90.  Born and educated in New York City, he began his business career working for Lowe’s Theatres, while attending City College of New York.  In 1945 he began a lifetime partnership with first cousin, Leonard E.  Sampson, when they acquired The Lincoln Theatre, New Haven Art House.  Subsequently they operated many theatres in New Haven County, Fairfield County, and later, New London County.  Past President and Lifetime Honoree of C.A.T.O.  (Connecticut Association of Theatre Owners), he was active in community life, serving on the Board of Temple Mishkan Israel, Common Cause, and the Connecticut Civil Liberties Union, among others.  Mr.  Spodick retired in 2006, when he closed the York Square Cinemas in New Haven.  Survivors include his wife Pearl and 5 children; sons Michael, Peter, Russell, Edward, daughter Rebecca, 2 daughters-in-law Maria Elena and Ilana, and 2 sons-in-law Echo Kwong and Anthony K.  Mentzer, 9 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, 11: am at Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Rd., Hamden. The interment will be in the Mishkan Israel Cemetery, Jewell St., New Haven. Memorial contributions may be made to Congregation Mishkan Israel, Gaylord Hospital, or your favorite charity. Period of mourning will be observed at the Spodick residence, 108B Seminole La., Oronoque Village, Stratford. 

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  1. Barry, Nathan, and Dustin Epstein said,

    12.24.09 at 3:46 pm

    I’m sorry for loss. Know words can mend a loss.

  2. Dolores Costanzo & John Porto said,

    12.26.09 at 5:29 pm

    Dear Pearl and family,

    Sorry to hear of your loss. May the comfort of your family and fiends help you through your healing process.

    Thoughts are with you

    Dolores costanzo

  3. Karen Oestreich said,

    12.30.09 at 2:56 pm

    Michael and family-was so sad to hear of your father’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of you

  4. Pearl B. Spodick said,

    01.02.10 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you for takng time to send comforting words, I treasure them. They bring pleasant memories of you, and times we’ve shared, some from several years ago. Please know, I will save, and reread all messages of condolence we have received from dear friends, family, and empathetic individuals who learned of my dear husband’s passing. Shalom. On behalf of my family and me, Pearl Spodick

  5. hargett family said,

    01.03.10 at 6:39 pm

    To spodick family so sorry for your loss may god help you through this time of need. May god bless you