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EdwardFindlay commented about Fairmount Theatre on Jan 11, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Ron you might like this more- some shots from inside the theatre at the lighting event: http://www.boston.com/yourtown/boston/hydepark/gallery/everett_square_theatre_restoration/

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EdwardFindlay commented about Fairmount Theatre on Jan 6, 2012 at 9:01 pm

The theatre is in the process of trying to get restored through the efforts of Historic Boston, Inc. So far they have managed to get a recreation of the original marquee sign put in place: http://www.historicbostonblog.org/2011/11/bit-of-broadway-returns-to-hyde-park.html#more

The sign was dedicated on 1/6/12 with the mayor doing the honors. Hopefully it’s the start of a bigger preservation effort for the theatre.

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EdwardFindlay commented about Hub Theatre on Sep 28, 2011 at 4:57 pm

cut/paste the link, it’s a direct link to a large view of the photo…the one on page three is another theatre.

It’s definately part of the Hub in the far left, the entrance there leads to one of the first floor stores and just out of view above would be the decorative brickwork

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EdwardFindlay commented about Strand Theatre on Aug 27, 2011 at 4:51 pm

A shot of the marquee early in its lifetime when it was showing live acts… http://billnoonanfirefotos.smugmug.com/Historicphotos/real-old-days/17392592_ZGP4wR#1347522527_Q6RfD92-O-LB

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EdwardFindlay commented about Hub Theatre on Aug 27, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Partial view of the building taken roughly 1898/1899: http://billnoonanfirefotos.smugmug.com/Historicphotos/real-old-days/17392592_ZGP4wR#1328322578_NqLmRXP-L-LB

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EdwardFindlay commented about Thompson Square Theatre on Aug 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm

A shot of it in the background… http://billnoonanfirefotos.smugmug.com/Historicphotos/Classic-black/17770084_pwfQXh#1357223494_MwfCWn7-O-LB

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EdwardFindlay commented about Old Howard Casino Theatre on Aug 2, 2011 at 9:17 pm

This is a wider shot of the theatre…

http://dome.mit.edu/bitstream/handle/1721.3/35057/KL_001415_cp.jpg?sequence=2

the only actual thing left in the shot is the closed off stairway going down to the Blue Line platform that the guy is sitting on- the stairs are still there from the platform but may not be in service as an emergency exit anymore.

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EdwardFindlay commented about Scenic Temple on Jul 30, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Here’s a shot of the plaque which includes an old photo of the theatre when it was in use as a Masonic Temple… http://www.cinematour.com/picview.php?db=us&id=72755

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EdwardFindlay commented about Theatre Comique on Jul 26, 2011 at 9:44 pm

David Kruh’s “Always Something Doing” has pictures on pages 22 and 27 gives the clear answer to the when it was built: it wasn’t original to when Tremont Row was first built, it was a later tear down/rebuild along with a few of the other buildings on that block.

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EdwardFindlay commented about Columbia Theatre on Jul 1, 2011 at 9:39 pm

An article from one of the Boston Globe about the 1917 fire from the Boston Fire Historical Society: http://www.bostonfirehistory.org/newspaperfire02211917.jpg

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EdwardFindlay commented about Scenic Temple on May 24, 2011 at 6:55 pm

According to the marker on the building(Bostonian Society’s plaquard?), the building was built in 1892 and was for decades the Masonic Temple. This confirms that the building in the linked maps is indeed the same building as theatre being discussed.

The building received a massive renovation in 1975 being turned into an apartment complex. This same renovation demolished the old Masonic Temple interior including the space in which the theatre lay.
The plaque is visible on Goggle Streetview for anyone interested, although it’s unreadable.

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EdwardFindlay commented about Boulevard Theatre on May 11, 2011 at 6:27 pm

A 1914 map from the Register of Deeds' website shows the buildings next door to be 102 and up so it’s somewhere lower than 100 Revere Beach Blvd.

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EdwardFindlay commented about Scenic Temple on May 11, 2011 at 6:15 pm

The one on Washington Street in Boston, which was converted from a preexisting building…

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EdwardFindlay commented about Scenic Temple on May 11, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Just followed the trend set by the first big vaudeville theatre: the Bijou

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EdwardFindlay commented about Rialto Theatre on May 10, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Since Mr. Salters mentioned Fred Allen…a shot from that timeframe from the Bostonian Society’s collection View link

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EdwardFindlay commented about Theatre Comique on May 10, 2011 at 8:31 pm

View link

Probably the same 1916 photo from almost three years ago but the Bostonian Society states it too is from 1916 so it’s 1916.

And frankly I doubt it was built into an existing building

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EdwardFindlay commented about Hub Theatre on May 7, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I am not sure about anything else in the photo but the lack of a stairway across the street from the theatre is the giveaway that it’s pre-opening…great eye Ron.

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EdwardFindlay commented about Scenic Temple on May 7, 2011 at 7:05 pm

Thanks for looking Ron. I found some information on it as being on the corner of Second Street and Chestnut Street playing a role as a relief station and church after the Great Chelsea Fire of 1908.

If it showed movies please do the honors to it’s history and add it as a new listing.

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EdwardFindlay commented about Scenic Temple on May 5, 2011 at 8:09 am

The Chelsea Scenic Temple- was that listed with an address or simply “Broadway Chelsea” or just “Chelsea”

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EdwardFindlay commented about Hub Theatre on May 4, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Arcadia’s book is online as of this evening Mr. Salters…

Page 76, the Grand Opera House in the flesh…and barely visible two buildings down is the side of the Hub Theatre(no clue what it was at the time).

Page 78 shows the picture Mr. Salters was talking about and I mentioned before, the front stairs to the theatre. I thought it was later but it is clearly pre-1900.

Page 82 bottom picture: I referred to this before but there is a picture of the corner of the theatre when it was called “New Grand”

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EdwardFindlay commented about Hub Theatre on May 4, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Arcadia’s may have been later than 1895, it had the El in the way so only the front entrance below the tracks was able to be shown.

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EdwardFindlay commented about Scenic Temple on May 4, 2011 at 3:10 pm

It was back to being “Masonic Hall” by the 1912 map(plate 25): http://www.suffolkdeeds.com/Charlestown_1912.asp

Link says Charlestown but it’s both Charlestown and East Boston.

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EdwardFindlay commented about Scenic Temple on May 3, 2011 at 1:07 pm

http://www.suffolkdeeds.com/east_boston_1901.asp

Plate 16, a 1901 map of the neighborhood from the Suffolk County Register of Deeds website- the building that housed the theatre.

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EdwardFindlay commented about Old Howard Casino Theatre on May 2, 2011 at 8:33 pm

2006 is still a good 45 years after forced relocation…

The smokestacks are gone, but yes that far distance is the same from Congress Street on.

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EdwardFindlay commented about Hub Theatre on May 2, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I saw the shot with the steps taken from across the street, that one is in the Arcadia Boston’s South End book…