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I visited the new Modern today for a Ford Hall Forum event. It looks beautiful inside, though much of the interior decoration is on wallpaper that is painted to look as if it were 3-dimensional Victorian-era detail.
There were five rows of movable chairs on a flat (unraked) floor, each row having 11 chairs. Behind this is a raked mezzanine with four rows of 14 fixed seats. The balcony was not open today, but since the total seat count is 185, this leaves 74 seats in the balcony.
Unfortunately, the projection booth is equipped only for digital, not for real 35mm or 16mm film. I am concerned that this will limit the picture quality and selection of films that they can show.
If you attend the open house tomorrow, they will give you a tour of the backstage area.
Today’s Boston Globe has a front-page article: Modern Theatre brought up-to-date
Regarding “the faux box office/ticket booth out on the sidewalk, centered underneath the marquee”
This appears to be solely decorative right now, as there are no openable windows from it to the sidewalk. The windows are frosted so you can’t see inside. It is not a separate structure but is part of the theatre building. A locked door leads from the vestibule lobby (between the inner and outer doors) to this structure.
Perhaps they’ll find a use for it eventually.
What is the ‘Rivest Site’ ?
The earlier Modern Theatre, which was open from 1914 to 1981 and was demolished in 2009, has its own CinemaTreasures page. Please use that page for any discussion of the previous Modern Theatre.
The new Modern Theatre now has a CinemaTreasures page of its own. Please use that page for any further discussion of the new theatre.
The new Modern Theatre now has its own website: ModernTheatre.com. The site contains photographs of both the old and new Modern Theatres.
The new Modern officially opens tomorrow. I have submitted it to CinemaTreasures as a separate page, and will link to it here once they put it up.
by ‘Linden theatre’ do you mean the drive-in, or another Linden that is not yet listed on this site?
This was part of the local ‘Academy Theatres’ chain, which also included the Clinton, Beechwold (later Camelot North), Esquire (later Carousel East), and other second-run neighborhood theatres.
In newspaper ads of the time, I recall the name being ‘College Cinema’ rather than ‘Theatre’.
Can you also link to the whole book and tell us what page this was on? Thanks.
Where did you find the 1955 date?
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.
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.
The name of the theatre doesn’t have an apostrophe in this ad.
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?