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Ron Newman commented about Peoples' Theatre on Oct 30, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Where did you find the 1955 date?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman commented about Peoples' Theatre on Oct 29, 2010 at 11:42 am

The STAR Tech Healing and Learning Center appears to be one of the principal tenants of the Peoples' Theatre Office Building. A good photo of the building, complete with intact (or re-created) marquee, is on STAR Tech’s web page.

Since the sign on top has an apostrophe after PEOPLES' , that’s the name I used here when submitting this theatre.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman commented about Fine Arts Theatre on Oct 29, 2010 at 11:36 am

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 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 FIne Arts advertised itself as ‘Showing Quality American, English and Foreign Films.’ The movies advertised for the “Week of December 31” are Madeleine and Rocking Horse Winner, both ‘English Made’. Madeleine came out in 1950 so I assume this is when the ad ran. Admission was 55 cents, or 25 cents for children accompanied by adults. There are ‘Daily Broadcasts from WKOX Framingham’ but this is not otherwise explained in the ad.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman commented about Peoples' Theatre on Oct 29, 2010 at 11:33 am

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.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman commented about Fine Arts Theatre on Oct 29, 2010 at 9:29 am

The book Maynard, Massachusetts: A House in the Village, by Jan Voogd, says that the Fine Arts opened in 1949.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman commented about Modern Theatre on Oct 29, 2010 at 5:13 am

The Modern and neighboring Paramount will be used as venues for First Night on New Year’s Eve, according to HubArts.com.

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Ron Newman commented about Paramount Center on Oct 29, 2010 at 5:12 am

The Paramount and neighboring Modern will be used as venues for First Night on New Year’s Eve, according to HubArts.com.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman commented about Paramount Center on Oct 28, 2010 at 8:08 pm

Is the front-to-back distance longer or shorter in the new theatre?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman commented about Clinton Theatre on Oct 27, 2010 at 6:56 pm

What are they tearing it down in order to build here?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman commented about Huffington Post lists 10 most beautiful US theaters on Oct 26, 2010 at 3:07 pm

They don’t give any clue whatsoever as to what criteria they used to compile their list.

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Ron Newman commented about Gary Theatre on Oct 25, 2010 at 6:17 pm

Why would someone picket ‘Oh, God’ ?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman commented about Gary Theatre on Oct 24, 2010 at 1:43 pm

That film actually got the theatre picketed, if I recall correctly.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman commented about Modern Theatre on Oct 24, 2010 at 10:43 am

Some photos of the fully restored and unveiled façade here:

View link

Notably, the theatre has a brand-new (but old-fashioned looking) vertical sign.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman commented about Southern Theatre on Oct 23, 2010 at 8:17 pm

how did it get reduced by half?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman commented about Clinton Theatre on Oct 23, 2010 at 2:31 pm

say more about that please?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman commented about Parsons Theatre on Oct 22, 2010 at 10:19 am

Where did you find the 1935 date?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman commented about Ideal Theater on Oct 20, 2010 at 12:23 pm

This page has a photo of the building in its current state as a private home.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman commented about Modern Theatre on Oct 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm

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.)

Ron Newman
Ron Newman commented about Modern Theatre on Oct 19, 2010 at 3:23 pm

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.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman commented about Modern Theatre on Oct 19, 2010 at 11:04 am

Suffolk University’s press release is also here and says noon to 6 pm. Where can I find the Downtown Crossing Association announcement?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman commented about LIttle Art Theatre on Oct 19, 2010 at 7:33 am

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.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman commented about Parsons Theatre on Oct 19, 2010 at 7:33 am

I added a page here for the Little Art Theatre.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman commented about University Theater on Oct 19, 2010 at 7:32 am

The University Theatre and other OSU-area movie theatres are described on this page: University District History: 100 Years of University District Theatres

Ron Newman
Ron Newman commented about Newport Music Hall on Oct 19, 2010 at 7:31 am

The State and other OSU-area movie theatres are described on this page: University District History: 100 Years of University District Theatres

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Ron Newman commented about Hudson Theatre on Oct 19, 2010 at 7:30 am

The Hudson and other OSU-area movie theatres are described on this page: University District History: 100 Years of University District Theatres