Modern Theatre

523-25 Washington Street,
Boston, MA 02111

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 7, 2004 at 5:15 am

Michael, why this monomaniacal obsession? YOU buy it and turn it into a concert hall.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 1, 2004 at 9:44 am

One of the only times I went to this theatre was in 1958 to see a showing of the French-made THE CASE OF DR. LAURENT. It was dubbed in English here. The film, which starred the great Jean Gabin, achieved some exploitation because it featured the actual birth of a baby. The theatre was called the Mayflower then too.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 4, 2004 at 6:33 am

After it closed as the Mayflower porn movie house, it briefly repoened as the Modern to present live stage shows in the late 1970s – early 1980s. Sun Ra performed there.

modernbeacon on January 22, 2004 at 11:55 am

The Modern was also known as the Mayflower from the 1960s through closing. It had turned into an Adult movie house. It is now slated for renovation by the new owner, which will bring Washington Street back to its former glory in that area.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 10, 2004 at 2:45 pm

The Modern and the Trans-Lux were separate theatres in the theatre district on Washington Street.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 10, 2004 at 8:34 am

Was this theatre ever known as the Trans-Lux in the 1950s? If not, what else was the Trans-Lux? It was kind of a racy art house, judging from newspaper ads I remember from that time.

Cassinari on September 25, 2002 at 5:35 pm

I am interested in investigating this cinema and the viability for re-opening it. Can you provide me with the address and perhaps who the property owner is?


Douglas Cassinari