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An advertisement for both the Peoples and Fine Arts theatres is on page 92 of this book:
Maynard: Postcard History Series by Paul Boothroyd
The name of the theatre doesn’t have an apostrophe in this ad.
The caption under the ad says: “On May 6, 1921, Peoples Theatre on Nason Street was opened with a license to show moving pictures. In June 1949, the Fine Arts Theatre, a moving picture house on Summer Street, was opened. A few years later, Peoples was closed, and the Fine Arts became the only moving picture theatre in town.”
The movies advertised for the “Week of December 31” are Dallas with Gary Cooper, Crisis with Cary Grant, and Devil’s Doorway with Robert Taylor. All of these movies came out in 1950 so I assume that’s when the ad ran. Admission was 44 cents, or 16 cents for children before 6:30. There are ‘Daily Broadcasts from WKOX Framingham’ but this is not otherwise explained in the ad.
The book Maynard, Massachusetts: A House in the Village, by Jan Voogd, says that the Fine Arts opened in 1949.
The Modern and neighboring Paramount will be used as venues for First Night on New Year’s Eve, according to HubArts.com.
The Paramount and neighboring Modern will be used as venues for First Night on New Year’s Eve, according to HubArts.com.
Is the front-to-back distance longer or shorter in the new theatre?
What are they tearing it down in order to build here?
They don’t give any clue whatsoever as to what criteria they used to compile their list.
Why would someone picket ‘Oh, God’ ?
That film actually got the theatre picketed, if I recall correctly.
Some photos of the fully restored and unveiled faÃ§ade here:
Notably, the theatre has a brand-new (but old-fashioned looking) vertical sign.
how did it get reduced by half?
say more about that please?
Where did you find the 1935 date?
This page has a photo of the building in its current state as a private home.
The Suffolk press office e-mailed me back and confirmed that the open house is from noon to 6 pm on November 5. (Not much good for working people, unfortunately.)
I found the Downtown Crossing newsletter here. I’m e-mailing them (and Suffolk) to ask about the discrepancy.
It also says that the Boston Preservation Alliance will hold its 2010 Preservation Achievement Awards this Thursday, October 21 at 5:30 pm at the “newly restored Modern Theatre”. One of the honorees will be the neighboring Paramount Center. The event is sold out.
Suffolk University’s press release is also here and says noon to 6 pm. Where can I find the Downtown Crossing Association announcement?
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Little Art and the New Paris (formelry Parsons) theatre ran very similar advertising in the Columbus Dispatch and the Citizen-Journal. Usually the film advertised in one theatre would show up in the other theatre’s ad the following week. So I assume they were under joint ownership.
I added a page here for the Little Art Theatre.
The University Theatre and other OSU-area movie theatres are described on this page: University District History: 100 Years of University District Theatres
The State and other OSU-area movie theatres are described on this page: University District History: 100 Years of University District Theatres
The Hudson and other OSU-area movie theatres are described on this page: University District History: 100 Years of University District Theatres
The Garden and other OSU-area movie theatres are described on this page: University District History: 100 Years of University District Theatres. The page says that the theatre actually contained an indoor garden.
The World and other OSU-area movie theatres are described on this page: University District History: 100 Years of University District Theatres
I found this press release from a Google Blog search, but don’t see anything like it on Suffolk’s own web site:
Modern Theatre to Open 11/5
…The University will welcome the general public to the new Modern Theatre during a Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 community open house, part of a two-day grand opening that begins with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 4, for invited guests. Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who has supported the University’s preservation efforts and whose vision for the revitalization of Boston’s Theater District has become a reality, will be the guest speaker….
The CBT architectural firm designed the new jewel-box theater and residence hall in harmony with the restored Modern Theatre facade, which was rebuilt in the exact spot where it previously stood.
The interior of the theater also draws on the original. Tony-award-winning theater scene painter and designer John Lee Beatty created a mural design for the stage house walls, inspired by colors and themes from the earlier theater.
Meanwhile, the first exhibit in the lobby gallery will feature artifacts from the original movie house, vintage photographs of the building, and images of the movie posters and Hollywood stars once featured there.
Modern performances will include a reading by F. Murray Abraham of The Last Will and the Actors' Shakespeare Project’s production of Antony and Cleopatra, featuring Paula Plum.
The theater will host a documentary film series with DocYard Productions, and its Conversations lineup includes comedian Lewis Black, Daily Beast political journalist Peter Beinart, author and columnist James Carroll, psychiatrist-author Robert Jay Lifton, and author Maxine Hong Kingston.
The grand opening celebration will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5 with a community open house featuring tours of the lobby gallery and theater, and original site specific entertainment as part of the tour.