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I’m not sure this kind of operation really belongs in CinemaTreasures. How do others feel?
http://www.suffolk.edu/college/22887.html says that the C. Walsh theatre has 399 seats.
One difference between this situation and all of the others mentioned in that thread: the new theatre here will have the same name as the demolished one. In the other cases, the new theatres behind the old facades didn’t continue to have the names Harris, Selwyn, Henry Miller, etc.
Does this really have 1100 seats? That is much much bigger than what I remember.
Sounds good to me. As I mentioned in my comment of October 4, the new Modern will show movies. So we’ll need to create a new page for it, with a link back to this one.
Here is Suffolk University’s official web page for the C. Walsh Theatre, with an extensive history of various performers and speakers who have appeared there.
According to an article in today’s Herald, Suffolk University is considering selling its Beacon Hill buildings, including the one that contains this theatre. Would a new owner keep this theatre intact and open?
This was Boston’s second IMAX screen. The first was the Museum of Science’s Mugar Omni Theater, which I just now added to this website.
Several comments above mentioned the Institute of Contemporary Art, its temporary use of one screen at Copley Place, and the ICA’s old theatre on Boylston Street. In 2006, the ICA moved to a beautiful new building on Fan Pier, including a steeply raked theatre used for both live performances and movies. I’ve added it to CinemaTreasures, as the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater at the ICA.
The ICA was previously located in a converted police station at 955 Boylston Street. The old ICA contained a small theatre, sometimes used to present movies. But that room had almost no raking, and it was nearly impossible to read movie subtitles over the heads of people in front of you.
Before that, the ICA presented movies during 1984 and 1985 on one screen of the Copley Place Cinemas.
I see Cinema Treasures has changed the status again to ‘Closed/Demolished’. When the new theatre opens, should we create a brand-new page (which won’t have any of this discussion on it), or just change the status here back to ‘Open’ ?
This page says that it belongs to the Cape Verdean Association in New Bedford who are turning it into a community center.
Ron, this Globe movie page from October 1959 (linked from this blog entry) has an ad for the ‘OLD HOWARD CASINO THEATRE’.
Ron, this Globe movie page from October 1959 (linked from this blog entry) has an ad calling it “RKO KEITH’S Memorial”, with the apostrophe.
What does the name of this venue mean?
According to http://www.suffolk.edu/modern_theatre/index.html , Suffolk’s programming of the Modern Theatre will include movies, as well as ‘conversations’ (lectures) and live performances. DocYard Productions will move their documentary series here from the Brattle Theatre, and Actors' Shakespeare Project will produce Antony and Cleopatra next spring.
The page also says that “selected interior elements are being restored and re-installed”, including a “decorative frieze that formerly covered an "acoustic hole built into the three-story wooden proscenium wall.”
This Chicago Sun-Times travel article says “Built in 1923, the Newport Music Hall is the longest continually running rock venue in the country” … which is a strange-sounding way to put it!
I remember Westwood of the early 80’s — it reminded me of Harvard Square in Cambridge. UCLA hasn’t moved anywhere, so where do the students shop and eat now?
Given that this is the primary commercial district next to a huge mostly-residential university, I don’t understand why it isn’t busy and full of people. Can’t the students along support it enough to make it lively again?
Glad to hear this. I worried that this event would disappear with WCRB’s sale to WGBH.
I fondly remember the Nuart daily calendars from the early 1980s. What is the theatre’s current booking policy?
Perhaps the capacity had been reduced to 1500 by the time it closed in 1976? Just a guess.
Any news on this? Did the flea market people ever find an operator to reopen this theatre?
Robert Orchard wants Emerson to be where theatre is done – a long article in today’s Boston Sunday Globe.
From http://www.cas.suffolk.edu/43595.html :
ADAMS GALLERY PRESENTS “MODERN THEATRE ENCORE”
Modern Theatre Encore: Breathing New Life into the Theater District, at the Adams Gallery through Feb. 6, 2011, celebrates the history of the Washington Street Theater District as well as the many tradespeople and artists who labored to restore the Modern Theatre.
Photographs by Renee DeKona document the painstaking process of refurbishing each stone from the facade of the historic movie house, reassembling it like a giant puzzle, and adapting historic interior designs for the new theater.
The Adams Gallery is free and open to the public from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. It is located in the first floor of David J. Sargent Hall, 120 Tremont St., Boston.