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Waked by there last week on a BU memory lane tour. When I was a BU resident at Myles Standish Hall in the 60s I remember going to see Polanski’s creepy “Repulsion” there with the then young and beautiful Catherine Deneuve. Think her “Umbrellas of Cherbourg” played there as well.
Saw Midnight in Paris there recently which was showing in the lovely Art Deco main theatre. Went to school in Boston in the 60’s, but don’t remember going here then.
Was in Chestnut Hill recently and was remembering visits to the Hill Theatre. It played British films as well as popular Hollywood films. I remember it being very narrow and dark and had a vending machine in lieu of a concession stand.
As a longtime ex-pat of the Philadelphia area, I read these comments with a sigh of nostalgia. I remember taking the Chestnut Hill local to Center City so I could marvel at the latest Hollywood spectacular. I can see that impressive sight of the neon marquees pulsating with excitement. The “palaces” have pretty much been covered in the above comments. Has the Boyd renovation happened? I haven’t been to Center City in about 5 years. I remember seeing Ben-Hur there and several Cinerama movies. Anyone remember the Mastbaum (sp)? A big neo classic affair as I vaguely remember. Then there were the little single screen theatres which saw their share of hits: Trans Lux, Arcadia, World (foreign/art films). I’d go to Whitman’s counter on Chestnut St., have some sinfully rich concotion at the art deco counter then escape to the fantasy world of old world movie magic. I’m happy to report that some preservation still goes on in the SF Bay area. Aside from the magnificently restored Paramount Theatre in Oakland,$5.00 movies several times a year, take the tour if you are ever out here, the recently restored Alameda is great and they show classic films 2x’s a week in their restored auditiorium. The recently reopened Oakland Fox is nicely restored minus permanent seats for live events.The venerable Castro is one of the few remaining single screens in S.F. The organ rises up from below and plays San Francisco before weekend shows.We also still have the Grand Lake in Oakland, faded but still open and the smaller jewel Orinda. Netflix will never replace the experience.