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MrDJDude commented about Tri-Town Drive-In on Mar 18, 2010 at 7:15 pm

It’s a slide show. The “Previous/Next” buttons are in the upper right -hand corner, above the photo. Sorry for any confusion.

MrDJDude commented about Tri-Town Drive-In on Mar 18, 2010 at 1:11 pm

This Sentinel & Enterprise article from March 9 describes the beginning of construction on the housing complex being built here. The screen has been removed, and the foundation is being set for the new building. Now you CAN list the Tri-Town as “Closed/Demolished”. Truly, the end of an era. How many drive-in’s can say they were open for 50+ years continuously, under virtually the same ownership?

Here’s a set of photos from Facebook(no login needed) posted by various people. They range from movie posters a former employee kept, to photos of the screen and marquee in the process of demolition.

MrDJDude commented about Capri Theatre on Mar 3, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Was the Capri another name given to the Ritz? Because according to a 1957 photo posted on the Ritz’s page…it was next to the Alston building. And the lobby building is the same.

MrDJDude commented about Rainbow Theatre on Mar 3, 2010 at 5:38 pm

OK……I’m not sure what the issue is here. I never said they were in the theatre lobby, and if I unintentionally implied it, I apologize. I merely thought it would be interesting to read about the fire from the perspective of a tenant who’d been in the space for almost 75 years. They saw the movie theater rise, fall, rise again, fall again, and then literally fall.

MrDJDude commented about Rainbow Theatre on Mar 3, 2010 at 3:37 pm

Sorry about that, Chuck. The second link does work. Here are a couple to replace the first one:

Here’s a post on a local news blog from when the fire broke out, including a photo of the burning building.

Here’s the website for Public Drug Co. , who operated out of the first floor store front for 74 years before the fire wrecked it. They now operate from a new location, and the website tells the story of the fire from their end.

Here’s a couple of YouTube videos shot during the fire: One and Two(this one takes a few seconds to start)

And, finally, here is a set of exterior photo taken the day after the fire.

All these links worked – checked them before I hit submit. Enjoy!

MrDJDude commented about Rainbow Theatre on Mar 3, 2010 at 6:41 am

Apparently it was housing a church, according to this article (new window) which also has information about the fire.

More information here (new window), as well.

Sounds like it was gutted inside, and is just a shell now. Apparently the job time and neglect started when the auditorium caved in 30+ years ago is now done.

MrDJDude on Feb 25, 2010 at 8:34 am

I’m not sure this isn’t a redundant entry, as The Flying Monkey is the former Plymouth Theatre(already listed) renamed. Perhaps the Plymouth’s entry should be changed to reflect the new name and this one deleted?

Any opinions?

MrDJDude commented about Grand Theatre on Feb 24, 2010 at 6:24 am

The lobby building most definitely still stands, not so sure about the auditorium. But it has a BRILLIANT vintage art-deco marquee(check the Street View!)

MrDJDude commented about Tri-City Drive-In on Feb 24, 2010 at 12:49 am

This is closed, but it is not demolished. Located at the intersection of W. Main Street(Routes 74 & 221) and North State Road(credit to SiliconSam). Screen, marquee, speaker poles still stand.

MrDJDude commented about Midway Drive-In on Feb 24, 2010 at 12:41 am

According to our friends over at CinemaTour, SiliconSam’s aerial is the Tri-City Drive-In(the other drive-in in town, already listed here on CT). I can find very little about the Midway, unfortunately.

MrDJDude commented about Loring Hall on Feb 21, 2010 at 10:46 pm

According to this Patriot Ledger article, Loring Hall was burgled earlier this week. Apparently, the 300-pound safe was stolen from the building, raided, and dumped in a sewer grate. The safe was recovered by Hingham police, with an underminate amount of cash and movie passes stolen.

I can only imagine how a 300lb safe was stolen…

MrDJDude commented about Pix Theatre on Feb 21, 2010 at 5:15 am

Looks like the entrance was actually on Forstall Street. If you search for 756 Forestall Street, you’ll be looking at what was apparently the entrance to the theater. Appears vacant and abandoned.

MrDJDude commented about Isis Theatre on Feb 21, 2010 at 5:04 am

Also, it’s “Dryades” Street, not Dyrades.

MrDJDude commented about Isis Theatre on Feb 21, 2010 at 5:02 am

Building appears to be still standing, but vacant, from the looks of the GM Street View.

MrDJDude commented about Central Theatre on Feb 20, 2010 at 7:00 am

Hard to say if this one is still standing. The address belongs to a paint store. Google Street View maps to W. 52nd Street around the corner. There is a building there that certainly LOOKS old enough to have housed the lobby…but it’s on the wrong street scratches head. Anyone else have some insight here?

MrDJDude commented about Whalom Drive-In on Feb 13, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Apparently I was not paying attention when I was typing my previous post. It was DEFINITELY in Lunenburg, not Fitchburg. The drive-in was down the road from Whalom Park. The screen burnt down some years after it closed. So, I apologize for my “brain fade” earlier.

There IS an Electric Avenue in Fitchburg, but there are no theatres along that short span of road.

MrDJDude commented about Tri-Town Drive-In on Feb 12, 2010 at 4:54 am

Well, I’ve been made to be a liar. As of Jan 28, the drive-in remained untouched. The developer is still trying to secure funding for Phase 1 of the project, according to a Jan 28, 2010 Sentinel & Enterprise article. Makes one wonder if the project will ever get funded, or if the drive-in will continue on in it’s dogged determination.

SO…this drive-in IS closed for the time being, but NOT demolished. Please change the status accordingly, and my apologies.

MrDJDude commented about Whalom Drive-In on Feb 12, 2010 at 4:32 am

There appear to be two entries for this drive-in on Cinema Treasures; this one listing it in Lunenburg, and another listing it in Fitchburg. One of them needs to be removed, and if my understanding is correct…it should be the Fitchburg entry. Either way, we only need one entry for this drive-in.

If we keep this one, change it to ‘Closed/Demolished’. It’s long, long gone.

MrDJDude commented about Hoosac Drive-In on Feb 12, 2010 at 3:13 am

This one’s long gone, closed and demolished – a packaging company now sits on the site. However, if you look at the aerial on Google maps, it’s fairly obvious what it used to be – the footprint is still there.

MrDJDude commented about Tri-Town Drive-In on Jan 27, 2010 at 7:55 am

Also changes the screen to “single” or “one” – it was never twinned, that was my mistake. Thanks!

MrDJDude commented about Tri-Town Drive-In on Jan 27, 2010 at 7:40 am

It appears that the project slated to be developed on the Tri-Town’s site has gotten underway. Construction equipment has arrived – mark this closed.

That hurts. Too few drive-ins left.

MrDJDude commented about Regal Cinemas 10 at Berkshire Mall on Jan 27, 2010 at 7:19 am

I saw Star Trek: Nemesis and Bruce Almighty here. Unimpressive and bland, with small, shoebox theaters.

MrDJDude commented about Bellingham Auto Theatre on Jan 27, 2010 at 6:10 am

I think this was actually on Pulaski Boulevard, which is NOT MA-126. If you google 584 Pulaski Boulevard, and look to your right, you’ll see a drive-in screen standing in what was the lot. It’s now a dirt mound-filled dump.

MrDJDude commented about Paris Cinema on Jan 25, 2010 at 5:32 am

This is an excerpt from a November 30, 2009 Worcester Telegram and Gazette article. It answers the question about the red “X” and paints a dim future for this theater in the heart of the city.

“The former Paris Cinema on Franklin Street is branded with an "X” sign. The building, which most recently housed an adult theater, is owned by a holding company controlled by the principals of the Boston-based Mayo Group, which is renovating several buildings on the block.

The Mayo Group’s Edward O'Donnell, vice president of development, said the company bought the vacant theater as a “defensive investment” because it already had poured millions of dollars in neighboring buildings. As it stands, though, the company has no specific renovation plans for the deteriorating brick theater.

“At this point, it’s hard to say. It’s really hard to attach any type of timetable or to say what we think the reuse will be,” Mr. O'Donnell said.

In the meantime, he said, the Mayo Group has been cooperating with the Fire Department and doing its best to keep the building secure. Homeless people have managed to break into the building on several occasions, he said.

“We have had to resecure that building three or four times, but they find a way to get in,” Mr. O'Donnell said.

“We’ve worked with the Worcester Fire Department. They called us and wanted to go through the building, and we granted them entry,” he added. “Everybody who remembers that night 10 years ago knows how important it is to work with the Fire Department.”"

Also, this is a PDF of another T&G article notes that the parcel that includes the theater was purchased for 4.8 million, and that “preservationists and local theater buffs” would like to see the theater saved. Given the hurdles it faces(high renovation cost, too much competition for performing arts in the area, and questionable viability as a movie theater), I think this one might be at the end of the road. I’d like to be proven wrong….but I can’t see it.

MrDJDude commented about Dedham Drive-In on Jan 17, 2010 at 5:31 am

Actually, I stand corrected. It was at the back of the parking lot for the Showcase Cinemas, which didn’t exist in 1971.

However…if you look at the historical aerial for 1978, the Dedham Drive-In is obviously closed. And the small building at the far left of the parking lot that has chewed into the former drive-in’s lot? That building is the shiny, new Showcase Cinemas. How about that?

Now we know what, or more precisely who killed the Dedham Drive-In: Sumner Redstone, that’s who!

Also worthy of note is that if you looked at the rear of the Showcase’s parking lot in aerials after it fully swallowed the drive-in, the outline of it’s final layout was visible in the asphalt.