Connecticut’s classic cinema monster wax museum turns 55
Cortlandt Hull was barely 13 when he opened his Cinema Monster Museum in 1966. It was in a building his parents built in the backyard of their house in Bristol, and he charged 50 cents entry. His first exhibition was a life-size figure of a witch he nicknamed Zenobia, hence the name of the museum.
Celebrating its 55th anniversary, Witch’s Dungeon Classic Movie Museum now boasts 25 life-size wax figures, mostly classic horror movie characters in sets representing their films, but also science fiction and fantasy. About 2,000 pieces of movie props and authentic memorabilia are on display in films such as Dracula in Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Hull has more elements than display space, so it rotates objects, ensuring regular visitors have something new to see. The museum was previously only open in October, but after moving to Plainville from Bristol last year, it is open year round, Friday through Sunday, with guided tours. Over the years, visitors have flocked here from 40 states and 27 countries.