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You complain about the Loews name compared to AMC. They are the same since AMC bought Loews or merged. You should have been in the Boston area in the 40’s-60’s when we had both the Loews State & Loews Orpheum along with all the downtown, West End and other suburban E.M. Lowes theatres. They were not related. Then at one time Loews bought out USA(SACK) cinemas and most of the E.M. Lowes theatres became Indies or were torn down or just closed and left to rot.
Why were the original presentations of Cinerama at the Strand in Vancouver shown for such short durations? Most cities had them for up to a year or longer. Was it the fact that Seattle wasn’t that far away and people had already seen them?
P.S. The Morton was an N.E.T. not an E.M. Lowes. The N.E.T. theatres were kept in good shape but the E.M. Lowes were left to minimum Maint. You saw Gabby Hayew in 1955 was most likely at the Fields Corner. The only live acts at the Dot were the RATS. The Dot and the Adams had dish nites. I remember my mother making sure she went to the Dot I believe every Mon night to get her dish. She very seldom went to the Adams. It was too far to walk. We lived next to Cosgroves Milk Plant. It was between Gibson & Park St. Technically we lived on Christopher Ct a dirt road which was not an accepted St then. They paved it a bout 1-2 yrs after we moved. Our mailing address was 310 Adams St. The 3 family cold water building was torn down down years later.
Jim. Are you sure that the Fields Corner & the Adams theatres were only 10cents. I had been going to both since 1948 and they were 25 cents the whole time I went there. The Dorchester (Park) on Dot Ave & Park St was only 10cents. The Dot was 3rd or 4th run and the Fields Corner and Adams were 2nd run after leaving Downtown Boston. I moved from the area in Feb 1952 and went to Scituate where the Playhouse was 1st run and 25 cents.
The soap box racers and bike race pre movie events were on Sat matinees along with a 3 sStooges short and a couple of cartoons plus a western and some other movie. Probably a Sci-Fi only at the Dorchester and other E.M. Lowes theatres not at the N.E.T. theatres. Those theatres were the Strand, Uphams Corner, the Oriental. I believe that the other Lowes were the Morton? and Eggleston.
Correction. The picture shown is correct. The Keiths was eventually dropped and it became the RKO Boston then the Boston Cinerama. The RKO Keiths became The RKO Keiths became the RKO Keiths Memorial at some point. Then it became the Savoy under Sack which let it rot.
To King Biscuit. 7 Wonders of the world played here in Boston for a totalof 76 weeks also. 64 on its 1st time and then on a return visit of 12 more weeks. What I am surprised at is Windjammer. iT OPENED HERE IN bOSTON 2 weeks after St Louis. It only played there for 11 weeks. Here in Boston its 1st run was for 33 weeks and its 2nd week was for 23 weeks for a total of 56 weeks. The Boston Cinerama(our only Cinerama theatre) showed Cinerama both 3 strip & 70mm for 20 yrs with only a short break to show the road show version of Far from the maddening Crowd in 70mm blowup for a few weeks. I believe that Boston was the only city that had Cinerama in one theatre for that long.
To Hank Sykes. The sound Scanner as you referred to it is wrong. In my days as a projectionist it was always called an EXCITER LAMP. You always had to have spares because if it burnt out you could just take it out and put in a new one. Then when Cinemascope came along with 4 track stereo on the film there was a magnetic reader like a tape player installed to read the magnetic stripe. If your theatre did not have stereo the film was played optically from a track on the film.
I guess you aren’t following the presidential race. The Manchester Unio Leader is the most influential leader in presidential race for many years. I do believe that somebody should have put New Hampshire in the text.
To Shirley Marquez. The Cinema 57 was never split. It was built as a twin. When you walkwed in there was one auditorium on the right and one on the left. The lobby was in between which by the was was very large. The theatres were not long and narrow. You are mixing this up with some other theatre you have been in.
I don’t ever remember Flower Drum Song being a Roadshow here in Boston or anywhere else.
The Boston Cinerama played 3strip/70mm Cinerama fro 12/30/53 until 4/30/69. Montereal played Cinerama 3 strip/70mm from 4/5/56 until 6/1/70. This makes The Boston Theatre one of the longest running Cinerama theatres in the world by far.
Hey Zookie Freddie. Read Dingoman’s note again. He said he saw the movie 2001 not in the year 2001. Put your glasses on if you can find them and read.
For Airway 1: I live here in a small town south of Boston, Mass. and when I heard about the screaming of packed. Everytime Elvis came on the girls would start the Beatles we had something similar happen here in our 1000 seat theatre only it happened years before. It was in 1956 and our theatre was 1st run with Boston.. Love Me Tender with Elvis was playing. The theatre was packed with screaming girls(of course us boys were encouraging them. Bud K. the ass’t manager at that time would signal the projectionist to turn off the sound and he would stand up back telling everyone to shut up or he would shut down the movie and clear the theatre with no refunds. The price was I believe 35cents at that time. This reminded me so much of your story I just had to reply. It sounds real funny now. By the way the movie finished with screaming and crying and we all went home only to come back the next day and do it all over again. Thanks for the memory.
Cinemascope was installed in 1953. A huge screen was added to the front.
Went to the Strand a few times. It was the first theatre to add cinemascope in 1953. Opened with the “Robe”. The next theatre on the South Shore to put in Cinemascope was the Scituate Playhouse a couple of months after the Strand. Also opened with the Robe. One of the pictures I did see here was The Sound Of Music. It played here right after the Boston first run. Probably in 1967. Also saw Bedknobs and Broomsticks here in 1971.
Ron. Here are some of the Boston porns that you did not mention. Pussycat(Stuart st.) Pussycat West End(E.M. loews West End). Trans-Lux, Mayflower(Modern), the Center, the Pilgrim(sometimes), the Publix(Sometimes) South Station 1&2and the aRT 1&2 ACROSS FROM THE sAXON. There were many others that were here today and gone next week.
Correctio or above. I actually think it was the Super Chief not the Sky Chief. I’m not positive.
Saw many movies her between 1960-1962 and 1964-1966. I live in the Southview apts off of Oxon hill Rd. The one movie I remember seeing there was a re-issue of Gone With The Wind. Alao saw movies down the highway at the Sky Chief. During the run of Lord Jim I and a couple of others got thrown out for being drunk & disorderly because we kept running by the projection booth and making hand shadows on the screen. I don’t know why they got upset. Of course this was in my younger years.
Here in Boston we still have several OLD theatres that werebuilt many years ago and have been completely refurbished. They are no longer considered movie houses but performing arts palaces. The Citiwang center(Metropolitan), The Opera House(RKO Keiths Memorial) and the Loews Orpheum( Orpheum-Aquarius- Orpheum). I don’t know if they meet BigJoe’s quals but all 3 are still standing, Rebuilt and prosperous. We have others thathave been gutted and remodeled to new specifications. They are the Modern and the Paramount. Both are not at all like the original except for the outside marquees and stone work.
The Boston Cinerama was bigger. Before being converted to Cinerama the RKO Boston Theatre was over 3100 seats and after conversion it was reduced to 2400. I imagine the Ambassador must have had seating changed after conversion. This happened to every theatre that was converted.
Sowcase Live is still open and thriving with good entertainment. Right next to Showcase Cinemas and close to the CBS SCene.
Sorry Anthony. Gillette Stadium has nothing to do with drive-ins other than the land where the stadium sits was once the New England Raceway home of sulky racing and owned by E.M. Loews the owner of many theatres and Drive-ins from Maine to Florida. Most of his theatres were 2nd runs including his downtown Boston properties. I’m sorry you go SO UPSET at my original comment so whatever else you think take it and stuff it where the sun don’t shine
To KCB3Player. Just to update you. The Boston Orpheum theatre is not gone. It is one of the oldest theatres in the country havimg opened in 1852 as the Boston Music Hall. It wasn’t named the Orpheum until 1906. In 1915 it was taken over by Loews(1915-1971) when it became the Aquarius until 1974. It became the Orpheum again in 1975. It was never an ornate theatre but it had it’s own character. It was never one of the 7 Orpheums. It has been a live music theatre since 1971 with a few movies thrown in. The balcony was removed years ago. Some of the biggest names in music from Rock, Country, Rap and classical have played here. It is still a grand old lady. Look it up on Wikipedia for more info.
Luckily the note I listed theatres on above is still good. All of the theatres I listed are still active and have been converted to digital.The only theatre I know that has shut down recently is the Studio in Belmont. They are trying to raise money to convert and reopen. Good luck.