Assembly Square Cinemas
35 Middlesex Avenue,
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Sack Theatres opened the Assembly Square Cinemas with eight screens on June 12, 1981. According to Alan Friedberg, then president of Sack, it was the first time that so many movie theatres were opened on the same day at a single location in Massachusetts.
The cinemas were next door to, but separate from, the Assembly Square shopping mall, which also opened in 1981. The mall featured Jordan Marsh and K-Mart as its anchor stores, and at the time was considered an inventive recycling of a former Ford Motor Company assembly plant.
The opening of Assembly Square dealt a fatal blow to the nearby Broadway Theatre in Somerville, which closed in the spring of 1982.
On December 9, 1983, Sack added four more screens to Assembly Square. This made it the largest multi-screen complex in New England at the time.
When Macy’s closed the former Jordan Marsh store in 1997, the Assembly Square Mall fell on hard times; soon afterwards, every store except K-Mart had closed. Loews Theatres, which inherited this theatre from Sack in 1988, went bankrupt in 2001.
The Assembly Square Cinemas nevertheless survived long enough to become part of the AMC chain, after AMC took over Loews in January 2006. The cinemas finally closed on the evening of Monday, January 15, 2007 (Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday). The theatre’s landlord has not announced future plans for the property, but it seems likely that the cinemas will soon be demolished.
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