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floridaskater2003 commented about Boston Opera House on Sep 30, 2011 at 8:08 pm

Hi Else19,

The manager of the Savoy at that time was Laurie Arnoney. There were two others who were assistant managers before me… one was a black guy whose last name was Henderson and the other was named Goyeyak. (I’m sure the spelling is wrong) But Laurie Arnoney was a small guy with dark hair. Goyeyak went on to work at the Music Hall and the Cheri, two other sack theatres. I do remember a tall blond girl who worked there. Would that be you? I was friends with an italian kid who was an usher. He was from revere and his name was George. We used to hang out together and smoke pot up on the mezzanine. I helped the maintenance guy too. I can’t remember his name but we would lower the huge chandelier in the lobby with a winch and replace the burnt out bulbs. There was an old usher named Tony who had worked there for years. We had a mouse problem in the theatre and one day he killed one in the middle of the lobby by stomping on it with his shoe. This was around the time when they tore down Raymond’s department store accross the street. You might remember Barbara who worked the box office on Washington street also worked the box office down the street at one of the combat zone movie theatres at night. She always had a butt in her mouth and a cup of coffee in front of her. Oh, and by the way, my name is Dennis. I was 6 feet tall average weight with long blond hair. Let me know if any of that sounds familiar.

floridaskater2003 commented about Boston Opera House on Sep 28, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Like Elyse19 I just happened upon this site during one of my sleepless nights. I also worked at the savoy in 1972 to 1973. It was such a cool place. I started as an usher and porter cleaning the butts and trash in the theatres and in the hall that ran from washington to the alley behind the tremont st. entrance. The movies that played in addition to sounder were, the mechanic with charles bronson, live and let die, superfly, lady sings the blues with diana ross and the charles manson documentary by vincent bugliosi, Helter Skelter. We would explore the dressing rooms under the theatre which hadn’t been used in years. Pretty spooky place. Fran the candy lady was one of my favorites who worked there. Barbara worked the box office on washington st and we had our first movie start every morning at 10. When i collected tickets in the big theatre, I was responsible for the button that buzzed people into the sack offices upstairs. The door was a few steps down the hall. I would talk to Alan Friedburg, Ben Sack and Nat Segaloff daily. i worked my way up to assistant manager in 1973 and left shortly after for another career. But I’ll never forget my times at the old savoy. In addition to the main theatre there was a smaller screen theatre further down the hall and sack owned an apartment building next door in the back alley.