New shipyard theater coming this summer

posted by Michael Zoldessy on April 8, 2009 at 3:43 pm

A once dilapidated shipyard is being transformed into commercial retail with a new theater from Patriot Cinemas.

Beautiful wasn’t the first word that came to mind when describing the shipyard site in the past.

While the waterfront bustled with as many as 26,000 workers building ships for the Navy at record-setting pace during World War II, activity on the 130-acre site on the Weymouth-Hingham line quickly declined when the war ended. For decades, all that was there were a few low-rent businesses, dilapidated warehouses, and parking for the commuter boat.

In 1996, a local company bought the site and unveiled plans for a massive residential, commercial, and retail development. Thirteen years later, the old buildings are gone, new ones have gone up, and work continues with a consortium of developers on a 1.2-million-square-foot plan.

Read more at the Boston Globe.

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