AMC Chestnut Hill 5

27 Boylston Street,
Chestnut Hill, MA 02167

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David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on December 12, 2007 at 3:20 pm

It’s from 1985, just prior to the new design by Cambridge 7.

nkwoodward on December 12, 2007 at 12:06 pm

There’s no way this photo is from the 1970s- the Diet Pepsi logo on the fountain drink machines is definitely from the 1980s.

Danscr on January 24, 2007 at 10:28 am

I would like to point out what has not yet been mentioned. The long-time Manager, who I have never met, was one of the most effective Managers in the company. The plush nature of Chestnut Hill was not simply rooted in its location, or the presence of the Home Office. Much of it had to do with this Manager’s various creative and effective ways of generating increasing income. One of the most famous of these was that he held numerous national VIP accounts. For those who might not remember, these were the discounted tickets sold in bulk as a benefit to employees of various corporations and universities. It was the Managers themselves that would convince Personnel Directors to buy them.

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on June 26, 2006 at 5:13 pm

They give them more time now, so that they can get upstairs to the booth to lace up the next show. Back in “the good old days”, we had projectionists.

garydwyer on June 26, 2006 at 5:00 pm

Ah, what a trip down memory lane. I was assistant manager at Chestnut Hill for around six months in the mid-eightys before moving onto Framingham and eventually becoming manager of Peabody and Burlington Mall. It seems like an entirely different pace these days when I go to the Lowes Theatre on the Boston Common or the AMC Fenway 13. When Mr. Wodeyla and I were managers we were expected to have the 1:00, 3:15, 5:20, 7:30 and 9:30 (maybe 9:45) schedule which left you about 5 minutes to clean the theatre and then get the crowd in to find seats. Now it seems like there is a bit more time to prep the house the way it should be.

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on August 31, 2005 at 12:42 am

It has a pumping system which is removing underground oil which was found to have been leaking from the Harcourt Office heating oil tank. Evidently, there’s a danger that the oil, which leaked into the ground, would find it’s way to the Hammond Pond at the end the parking lot. So corporate was required to pay for the cleanup. This all began around 1998.

dave-bronx™ on August 30, 2005 at 7:42 pm

In the parking lot on the lobby-side of the theatre, what is that little wooden shack sitting there in front of the lobby?

snorwood on August 16, 2005 at 1:18 pm

I’m told that the Century JJ in cinema 1 came from the “old” Framingham cinema and was removed from there when it closed (before the current Framingham 16 was built). It’s one of the first JJs made, which would date it to the early 1960s. It replaced a Norelco AA-II at some point in the 1990s (I don’t know why).

dave-bronx™ on August 11, 2005 at 10:29 am

Some of that equipment looks as though it was dragged out of the warehouse (GCC had an old bowling alley where they stored old booth, concession, lobby and office equipment from theatres that had been closed down) – old Century pedastal and heads, with Xetron lamphouse and stand-alone rectifier pre-dates the theatre.

ErikH on August 11, 2005 at 2:39 am

Interesting photos. The caption under the first photo is incorrect, though. The Chestnut Hill cinema opened in 1975, not 1979.

John Fink
John Fink on June 21, 2005 at 11:44 am

I actually am going to have to disagree with Bigred here about AMC. In Northern NJ they actually lowered prices! At GC Clifton Commons they held the same adult price as GC did (for a year and a half after they merged) and lowered prices by 8.50 (from 9.00) at GC Essex Green. They also started to offer student rate. Their prices are cheaper than Regal, Loews, and National Amusements.

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on May 12, 2005 at 6:01 am

The formica wall behind the stand was red white and blue. I started managing that theatre in 1986, at the point where the concession area was being demolished for the new design by Cambridge 7. The original ottomans were red velour. The new design was a medium grey for the brick lobby areas, concession running straight across with lit back bar graphics, and the dark blue carpet replacing red. (The original solid red was long gone by ‘86) Replacing the ottomans, were light oak benches, and the original white metal seats were replaced with gray plastic backs with blue fabric. (the auditorium floors were painted grey to match. They had been red)
As for the date in the photo on the web page, it may be an error. The two films mentioned by ErikH are the correct opening week films.

dave-bronx™ on May 12, 2005 at 5:12 am

Yup, that’s the Chestnut Hill’s lobby – as I recall from when I was there, the carpet was solid red, not the red-patterned carpet that they had in all the other theatres, the back wall of the lobby was white brick, the front and sides were dark tinted glass. The wall design behind the concession stand was black, red and silver, I think. I don’t recall what color the ottomans were. The stand was at the mid-point of the lobby, and the auditorium entrances (2) were at the far ends of the lobby and the two boxoffice counters were also at the far ends of the bobby near the windows. The restrooms were inside the auditorium doors on each theatre, built under the stadium.

ErikH on May 12, 2005 at 5:08 am

The date of the lobby photo (August 1975) surprises me. I thought the Chestnut Hill complex opened in December of that year. If memory serves, the initial attractions were “The Man Who Would Be King” and an exclusive run of “Lucky Lady” —– both Christmas releases.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 12, 2005 at 4:36 am

This page has a large August 1975 photo of the Chestnut Hill Cinema’s lobby.

bigred on May 9, 2005 at 10:34 pm

I don’t know Paul Del Rossi became pres. but it was before 1986 when I started with General Cinema and I think he stasrted in 1985.

AMC will build a 100 plex if it keeps anyone from building around any of their theaters and the prices tend to be much higher than General Cinema. Any small theater less than 10 screens is at risk of closing by AMC.

snorwood on May 9, 2005 at 3:08 pm

I believe that AMC owns the rights to the GCC logos and trademarks, which means that there is almost no chance that anyone else will be able to use them in the forseeable future.

dave-bronx™ on May 9, 2005 at 2:03 pm

The Chestnut Hill Cinema would be a perfect arthouse – when I went there it seemed to be an upscale neighborhood with the Chestnut Hill Mall nearby. Unless AMC ran it into the ground (I hope not), it was an upscale theatre compared to other General Cinemas.

Somebody ought to resurrect the General Cinema Corporation name and the old original logo. It’s kind of historic, in modern history, anyway. It’s almost like when Loews became Sony Theatres for a few years, what were they thinking?

IanJudge on May 9, 2005 at 11:42 am

Northeast was indeed it’s own entity, as is Entertainment Cinemas.

BCG is all about financing theaters and sometimes they take them over if they are not paying back their loans. What usually happens is that BCG will lend a chain or a particular location money to get started or expand, build, etc, and as part of the deal they might be the concessions supplier or operator. When the location cannot pay it’s bills or has trouble operating, BCG steps in and operates the theater.

This is a fairly common way to finance theaters; there are other concessions companies that do the same thing.

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on May 9, 2005 at 11:38 am

Actually, they would probably hurt the Embassy, as there’s only about 5 miles between them. I wonder who will book the film?

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on May 9, 2005 at 11:36 am

They could become the “new” General Cinema Corporation. I don’t think identification such as “brand identity” matters, and that theatre could play art like the Waltham Embassy and be extremely competetive in the market. Don’t be surprised if that’s the strategy. When Robert Redford’s Sundance Cinemas were beginning, Paul Delrossi developed a bit of a relationship and many thought Chestnut Hill was the perfect location for that product.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 9, 2005 at 11:22 am

Entertainment Cinemas is a brand name long gone from the Boston area; they used to be in Cambridge (Fresh Pond), Quincy, and Stoughton.

The Northeast Cinemas brand disappeared from Boston Globe ads a few months ago. It used to adorn the ads for Sharon and Bridgewater cinemas, and maybe others I don’t remember. It seemed to be a temporary name for whatever Hoyts used to own that they didn’t sell to Regal.

IanJudge on May 9, 2005 at 11:09 am

From a business perspective, they have enough theaters to have some booking strength in the northeast. From the branding perspective, I think they might someday come up with a chain name, but they have aquired so many theaters so quickly that they are still not ready to do so.