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The first time I was at the University Theater was around 1956 when my mother brought me to see the Disney reissue of ‘Song of the South’ – the first real adult movie I saw there was ‘North by Northwest’ around 1959.
Even back then the clocks on either side of the screen almost never worked.
My favorite memories of the theater were in the 70’s when they had the double features that changed every couple of days if not daily.
I remember one gloomy rainy afternoon I was in a depressed state and went to the HST for the double feature – which was ‘Taxi Driver’ and “The Deerhunter'.
Oh I was in great shape after that 4 plus hours.
The last 20 or so years we have put up with the shortcomings of the layout because of the location. I don’t like Boston Common – Fenway is ‘OK’ but still a hike on the T.
Let’s be honest – this closing is more about AMC being bought by the Chinese a couple of months ago – and it is all about the real estate.
I hope the older woman who has sold tickets there for years in the daytime survives as the job kept her alive.
The big winner will be the Somerville Theater but they were doing fine before. Fresh Pond won’t see an uptick because that theater is not subway friendly.
Just a very sad end.