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Today’s Boston Globe reports that Emerson College will close the theatre after the October run of “The Book of Mormon” ends, as the Wang Center’s lease on the Colonial is expiring. The future of the theatre is quite unclear.
Boston Globe story
The McDonald’s that replaced this theatre has closed.
Have you visited the Boston Athenaeum? They have a collection of materials from old Boston theatres, possibly including yours.
The description is not correct. The old theatre closed in January 2007 and was demolished in August 2014. It has its own separate page here.
22 Flutie Pass is in Framingham, not Chestnut Hill or Newton. It is currently the address of an AMC theatre.
There is no blade sign (nor entrance) on Washington Street today.
What theatre in Somerville did she attend?
Tello’s clothing store next door has closed (and they have also closed their Downtown Crossing store). So if they were using this theatre as a warehouse, they aren’t anymore. Does anyone know if it is being otherwise used now, and what its future may be?
Demolition of this theatre finally started this week, over 7 ½ years after it closed. You can see photos of the demolition here:
Interesting, “The Wizard of Oz” is also the movie that the Somerville Theatre chose for their 100th anniversary this year (in May).
When is the expected completion date of this restoration? It seems to be taking a very long time.
Last night’s celebration was wonderful — and had 6 acts of vaudeville, plus a live orchestra, plus 2 cartoons (one with Mickey Mouse) before the main feature.
What is ‘SMG’ ?
The Dispatch is still publishing. (The Citizen-Journal is not.) You may also want to look at the OSU Lantern.
Why was your production “illegal” ?
except, it’s not a cinema anymore. No movies are shown here.
There is a way, but it’s laborious: looking through all the movie ads in the weekly Boston Phoenix or Real Paper, archived in the Boston Public Library (or perhaps elsewhere).
Is there some way the sign could be saved rather than wrecked with the building?
Same number of screens?
I thought this was being torn down for a new development?
That didn’t happen until 2004, by which time this theatre was long gone ;–(
True, but the name ‘West End’ was erased from the city’s geography. The new shining development wanted nothing to do with the name West End, preferring ‘Charles River Park’.
Why did they choose to rename the theatre ‘West End’ in 1963, years after the West End neighborhood was totally destroyed?
Maybe that’s when it changed its name to ‘Publix’, but it had already been around for decades before 1949.
Opened as a cinema with the ‘Capri’ name, I assume you mean? As the comments and description show, this theatre had a long history before that.
To my amazement, this is STILL sitting empty more than six years after it closed. I’ve heard of no development plans for this property yet. (It is not owned by Federal Realty, who are doing extensive redevelopment of other Assembly Square property.)