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The Berkshire Opera Company did not keep the Mahaiwe. They have sold it to the new non-profit Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center organization: http://www.mahaiwe.org/
The Strand’s web site has moved to
There used to be many other movie theaters in Somerville. This is the only one still operating.
To learn about the others, visit the “Lost Theatres of Somerville” exhibit at the Somerville Museum, or the exhibit’s web site at http://www.losttheatres.org/ .
Drexel also runs the Grandview Theatre in the Columbus suburb of Grandview Heights (which someone should add to this site).
After it closed, it became a Conran’s Furniture store for awhile. When that closed, Waterstone’s moved in. And after Waterstone’s closed, a worthless dot-com called “idealab!” occupied it for awhile. That’s now gone as well, and this beautiful building stands empty, perhaps awaiting a better economy.
A small correction: the Capitol Theater is not in “Arlington’s downtown”, but rather in East Arlington.
Another old theatre, the Regent, is located in the center of town. The Regent presents concerts and Indian cinema.
Now owned by Landmark and renamed the NuWilshire Theatre: View link
A Landmark Theatre, the chain’s very first one.
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The Berkshire Opera company’s URL is: http://www.berkshireopera.org/
Their plans are quite ambitious, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they still show some films during the off-season.
The future of this theater is very much up in the air. The current “renovation” is to the facade only.
The theater’s URL is: http://www.maj.org/
Restoration work is ongoing. The theater will close again for several months next year to facilitate this work.
The Majestic has been so successful that Emerson College is now moving all of its campus to the neighborhood surrounding the theatre.
During the time that it was the Sack Savoy Theater, it was divided into two screens. This division was undone when it became the Opera House.
There was originally a corridor leading to a second entrance on Tremont Street, but this was demolished about 10 years ago to make way for condominiums.
Restoration of this theater has been delayed for several years by NIMBY philistine neighbors who live in ugly condominium towers behind the theater. They don’t want to lose access to the (worthless, narrow) street that separates the theater from their buildings.
For several decades before the Wang Center organization acquired it, the theater was called the “Music Hall” and was part of the Sack Cinema chain. It sometimes showed movies and sometimes presented rock concerts.
The Wang organization now also owns the Shubert Theatre, across the street. The Shubert has always been used exclusively for live performance.
This theater was saved after a large outpouring of community support in the late 1980s-early 1990s.
The four additional screens were added in the 1990s, not the 1980s.
The same folks own the nearby Capitol Theater in East Arlington.
Now run by the Columbus Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA). Web site: http://www.capa.com/chicago/index.html
This was one of the Landmark chain’s original theaters, although I think its programming policy predated Landmark’s acquisition.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, when I lived there, the Fox Venice showed a different double feature every day — generally classic Hollywood films, foreign films, and obscure art films. The programming policy was very similar to Landmark’s Nuart theatre a few miles away in West LA.
Described in more detail at…
The theater’s web site is:
The programming is primarily double features of classic Hollywood and foreign films, with a different program each weekday day. Occasionally, this schedule is interrupted by a week-long first-run film.
The theatre no longer has concerts, but a local bookstore occasionally hosts lectures by authors here.
This theatre belongs to the FEI chain (same as the Somerville Theatre) and should be labelled that way in your database.
Its status is not “Unknown”. It is open and doing quite well!