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Thanks for the picture. In talking to my husband last night, he said the church was burned down by an arsonist. He used to work for the Transit Police and he worked the Chauncey Street station, so he remembers the incident very well. What a shame!
I don’t think the Colonial Theatre went out of business in 1954. I remember going to this theatre with my friends as late as 1958.
Our Lady of Lourdes was a beautiful church with a grotto behind the altar. My husband and I were married there in 1962. There was also Our Lady of Lourdes School on the same block. My brother, cousins, many of our friends, and I attended this school.
We also spent a lot of time at the Colonial Theater. We lived across the street from Evangelical Deoconess Hospital and Nursing Home.