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The Central Theatre was opened in 1940 and was a small privately owned neighborhood theatre. It ran continuous showings of movies, cartoons, news and shorts, weekly serials. On Saturdays they held raffles and the lucky ticket holds would win bicycles. This was all done in the early-1950’s. It was the perfect place to send the kids for the day. We were allowed to bring our lunches and then buy candy, ice cream etc. at the concession stand. When I first stated going there in the early-1950’s ticket prices were about 10 cents., then went up to 25 cents. It was owned by Val Jean who was a band leader at one time.
The Central Theatre was the last of the single screen theatres in Lawrence, MA. While most auditoriums shut down, this theatre continued to run movies until 1986. In its last few years of operation, it had Spanish-language films early in the week, then a double feature on weekends.
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