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Steve, I’m trying to remember you, how long ago was this? That’s funny though my Grampa was always afraid of bats indeed lol, and we had many occassion when a bat would make it’s way inside since they all came from the steeple of the church that was next door. I’m sorry to hear of Bob’s passing, I had no idea. Frank as far as I know is still with us my mom saw him and his wife Norma a couple of years ago at the Meadow Glen Mall. I would certainly love to share more memories and stories please do post either here or email me at
Oh! I also wanted to add that in the photo there was a Karate place in the storefront to the right of the Cinema Entrance, but for the longest time that spot was the home on “Heritage Florist”. And Murray Shoes was always there as long as I can remember anyway, I got my prom shoes there every year lol.
Thanks so much for posting that photo, that black car in the picture parked in front was my grandfather’s car! The tears just started the moment I saw it, thanks again, oh and btw I talked to my mom yesterday after discovering this site. Just FYI the auditorium area of Cinema One was not demolished not on purpose anyway, seems that the contractor at the time hit a main beam in the structure and it actually caved in! Rather than repair or rebuild, they demolished the rest of it and finished it off that way and made way for parking.
My name is Debbie, and I truly wish I found this site earlier! I can tell you just about anything you want to know about the “Medford Cinema” cause I grew up there, my grandfather John Stivers managed, operated, and ran the place for 43 years! My mom and I worked there too. I have been a part of the Cinema and it a part of me since I was an embryo until the day it closed in 1984!! I still have old photos of me in the lobby and at the “Ticket Box” with my Grampa. I too remember Bob the projectionist and often wonder how he is, my Grampa John sadly passed away in 1995. Wow! what memories come flowing back lol, I still remeber too when I was a real little girl during the day when no movies were playing, being in there and putting on a show on the stage of Cinema One for my grandfather, my mother, and the owner Frank to the musical numbers from “Funny Girl” lol. I have since gotten married and moved an hour’s drive away south of Boston, but still once in a while go to Medford to visit friends and it breaks my heart to drive by what was once such a huge part of my life, it’s where I grew up, and now it’s like that part of my childhood no longer exhists but the memories. I would love to chat with others about the Cinema, as I can still remember every nook and cranny of that old building. Yes dark and dank as it seemed to others, it was deffinately a bright spot to me.