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When Sack Theaters had a new Disney film to show, they usually put it into this theater.
The first Nickelodeon location was actually a reopening of an earlier cinema, Loew’s Abbey.
This theater has been replaced by Atelier 505, which includes condominiums and two new live stages.
It’s now open and it is still called the “Opera House”.
The Lion King ads refer to this venue as the “Opera House”.
Yes, the West End ended its days as the ‘West End Pussycat’. The Stuart Theater, on Washington Street, also was a Pussycat in its final years. (Was this a national chain of adult theaters?)
The Huntington occupies the next-door Boston University Theatre. I believe the Symphony Cinema was converted to back-office, back-stage, or rehersal space for the Huntington.
It’s now a McDonald’s.
The Ritz-Carlton Towers complex now occupies the former site of this theatre.
This theatre was torn down in order to build the State Transportation Building in the early 1980s.
Some time in the 1970s, I believe.
Oops, I meant late fall of 2005. Anyway, there will be plenty of other shows in this theater besides the Lion King. Hopefully we’ll get some opera, too.
Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker will move into this theater in the late fall of 2006.
After it closed as the Mayflower porn movie house, it briefly repoened as the Modern to present live stage shows in the late 1970s – early 1980s. Sun Ra performed there.
The Keith Memorial/Savoy/Opera House had a corridor on the other side of Mason Street leading to a second entrance (and marquee) on Tremont Street. This was demolished in the 1980s or early 90s to make way for the Parkside condominium building on Tremont.
Today’s Loews Boston Common multiplex cinema now stands on the former site of the Tremont/Astor Theatre.
The marquee has been beautifully relit, and brings a welcome touch of neon to a formerly dreary part of Washington Street. But the entrance is still boarded up, and where the marquee should be announcing current and upcoming shows, it instead just says
RITZ-CARLTON HOTEL & TOWERS
URBAN LAND INSTITUTE AWARD WINNER
The Coolidge now has a small video screening room in addition to the two cinema screens.
An article about the theatre, written in its “idealab!” days….
The correct URL is now http://www.zeiterion.org/
This page describes a Captain Beefheart show at the Fenway Theatre in 1972. It must have been one of the last events held there before Berklee bought it and began gutting it for renovation.
URL is http://www.berkleebpc.com/ . (I thought I had included that when I submitted this theatre yesterday).
http://www.berkleebpc.com/history.html has some history of the theatre, and a couple of old photos.
The interior is now thoroughly modern, as shown in this photo and this one .
The web site is now at http://boston.cc.com/orpheum.asp , and includes some history and photos.
“The Lion King” reopens this house in July, 2004 (not May).
Until then, the status should be “Restoring”, not “Closed”.
There is currently a “Retail Space For Lease” sign on the front door.
Still owned by Emerson College, but now renamed “Cutler Majestic Theatre” after donors Ted and Joan Benard-Cutler.