Scollay Square Olympia Theatre

3 Tremont Row,
Scollay Square,
Boston, MA 02108

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on March 15, 2005 at 5:16 am

From the Boston Globe “Ask the Globe” column, November 26, 1989:

Q. When did the old vaudeville theater in Scollay Square close?

A. Once a Boston landmark, the Scollay Square Olympia closed its doors on December 12, 1950, and was sold at public auction the following year. Built in 1914, the Olympia and its sister show palace, the Pilgrim, were meccas for local vaudeville fans. In 1927 the Scollay Square house announced it had created the “finest of health zones” with the introduction of then-novel air conditioning. “You could pay many thousands of dollars to spend a vacation at a camp or resort that has the good effect and curing powers that you can get at the Scollay Square,” the theater advertised. In 1935, in the aftermath of owner Nathan Gordon’s death and the purchase of the house by Martin Mullins and Sam Pinanski, vaudeville gave way to motion pictures, beginning with a double feature — Charlie Chan in Paris and Claudette Colbert in The Gilded Lily.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on March 15, 2005 at 4:33 am

A photo on page 91 of David’s book, which the caption says was taken “just after the war”, shows the Scollay Square Olympia marquee advertising the movie “Blaze of Noon” with Anne Baxter. This movie was released in 1947.