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Ron Newman commented about Huntington Avenue Theatre on Jul 15, 2017 at 10:20 am

I suspect this name will be temporary until a donor comes along who wants to give enough to put his or her name on it.

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Ron Newman commented about Huntington Avenue Theatre on Jun 26, 2017 at 10:13 am

In today’s Boston Globe:

Huntington Ave. tower and theater plans revealed

The development group that owns the BU Theatre complex, longtime home of the Huntington Theatre Company, filed plans Monday for a gleaming 32-story apartment building that will rise 362 feet over Huntington Avenue, transforming that neighborhood and the theater that bears its name.

The tower, which could house as many as 426 units and will feature ample retail space, is being proposed by developers QMG Huntington LLC in a deal that would give full ownership of the 870-seat playhouse to the Huntington Theatre Company. Rising on a site adjacent to the theater now occupied by two smaller buildings, the tower would include an airy two-floor lobby at its base, enabling the Huntington to offer enhanced patron amenities, a cafe, a bar, and flexible event space that could be used for lectures, community meetings, or theatrical performances, including by outside groups.

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Ron Newman commented about Cinema X Twin Theatre on Jun 14, 2017 at 8:24 am

The map location and Street View shown here are not correct. And what happened to the photo that used to be here?

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Ron Newman commented about RKO Boston Theatre on Jun 14, 2017 at 8:22 am

Yes. I know almost nothing else about it, other than that it existed and was directly at the northwest corner of Washington and Boylston. I suspect it was a small storefront cinema rather than a cutting-up of the State, but I really don’t know.

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Ron Newman commented about RKO Boston Theatre on Jun 14, 2017 at 8:16 am

To clarify, State II and Cinema X Twin both existed, but were different theatres, a block apart.

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Ron Newman commented about RKO Boston Theatre on Jun 14, 2017 at 7:59 am

That’s a different location (and does have its own separate listing here at CinemaTreasures, as Cinema X Twin Theatre).

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Ron Newman commented about State Theatre on Jun 14, 2017 at 7:45 am

In the 1976 Dirty Old Boston photo, it looks like there was at least briefly a second screen called the “STATE II CINEMA”, in the same building as the State, but with its own separate sign and entrance, at the corner of Boylston and Washington. This matches my memory of the location.

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Ron Newman commented about Photo courtesy of the Dirty Old Boston Facebook page. on Jun 14, 2017 at 7:44 am

In the 1976 Dirty Old Boston photo, it looks like there was at least briefly a second screen called the “STATE II CINEMA”, in the same building as the State, but with its own separate sign and entrance, at the corner of Boylston and Washington. This matches my memory of the location.

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Ron Newman commented about RKO Boston Theatre on Jun 14, 2017 at 7:41 am

Looks like it was a (storefront?) theatre called the State II Cinema, not listed at CinemaTreasures. This vaguely matches my memory of the location.

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Ron Newman commented about AMC Loews Harvard Square 5 on Jun 1, 2017 at 9:39 am

Gerald Chan has now presented a plan to tear down this theatre and replace it with a new building, which will have two cinemas in its basement. The new cinemas would be run by the same folks who own the Somerville Theatre and the Capitol Theatre in Arlington. Thank you Cambridge City Council for putting needed pressure on this developer.

Cambridge Day article

Boston Globe article

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Ron Newman commented about C. Walsh Theatre on Apr 30, 2017 at 5:06 pm

This theater’s status should be changed to Closed.

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Ron Newman commented about Pilgrim Theatre on Apr 26, 2017 at 9:01 am

The Olympia (Pilgrim) and Gayety have been demolished and replaced by residential buildings. The RKO Boston (at right, behind the Olympia) is sitting vacant. The Paramount (in far background, at the bend of Washington Street) was rebuilt and reopened by Emerson College.

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Ron Newman commented about Broadway Theater on Apr 14, 2017 at 7:27 pm

After at least 35 years of disuse, this theatre will soon be demolished and replaced with a 42-unit condo building. The facade and lobby will remain.

Story at Universal Hub

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Ron Newman commented about Huntington Avenue Theatre on Apr 14, 2017 at 7:22 pm

Also, the Huntington’s scenery, prop, and paint shops will be moving to a warehouse in Everett.

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Ron Newman commented about Huntington Avenue Theatre on Apr 14, 2017 at 7:20 pm

According to today’s Boston Globe, this theatre will be renamed to Huntington Avenue Theatre on July 1, 2017, to reflect the fact that Boston University will no longer own it.

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Ron Newman commented about AMC Loews Boston Common 19 on Mar 20, 2017 at 7:15 pm

And I believe this theatre now has a bar in one of the lobby levels called MacGuffins, but it’s much smaller and less fancy than the original Back Lot lounge.

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Ron Newman commented about AMC Loews Boston Common 19 on Mar 20, 2017 at 10:17 am

If you go back to old comments, you will find discussion of the Back Lot, especially in this comment by Ian Judge (who managed the theatre in its early years):

http://cinematreasures.org/comments?page=5&theater_id=10382#comment-44980

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Ron Newman commented about AMC Loews Boston Common 19 on Mar 20, 2017 at 10:11 am

It was a bar specifically for moviegoers.

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Ron Newman commented about AMC Loews Boston Common 19 on Mar 20, 2017 at 7:33 am

That seems like a very wasteful use of a prime space in a luxury hotel building.

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Ron Newman commented about Colonial Theatre on Jan 12, 2017 at 6:42 am

I hope that will include somehow adding more legroom to the balcony seats. I’m 5'4" and I don’t comfortably fit into them.

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Ron Newman commented about Colonial Theatre on Jan 8, 2017 at 5:09 pm

The Colonial Theatre will reopen in January 2018 under the management of London’s Ambassador Theatre Group, according to a Boston Globe article.

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Ron Newman commented about Copley Place Cinemas on Dec 2, 2016 at 7:55 am

Yes, but it burned down in 1986. We’re talking about a (never-executed) plan from more than 30 years ago.

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Ron Newman commented about Copley Place Cinemas on Dec 2, 2016 at 5:53 am

First I’ve heard of the Orson Welles plan to expand into Boston. Do you know anything more about this?

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Ron Newman commented about Main Theatre on Nov 23, 2016 at 2:52 pm

The current occupant of this building is HUB Community Development Corporation: http://thehubcdc.com/

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Ron Newman commented about Wang Theatre on Sep 16, 2016 at 10:06 am

Boch is also a prominent local supporter of Donald Trump, a characteristic generally incompatible with art or culture of any kind.