Assembly Square Cinemas

35 Middlesex Avenue,
Somerville, MA 02145

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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.

Contributed by Ron Newman

Recent comments (view all 43 comments)

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 23, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Still sitting empty, more than three years after it closed.

doyle
doyle on February 28, 2011 at 11:41 pm

And still empty now. I was over there today and it looks the same except the glassed in front was covered in plywood.

I wonder how the roof’s holding up? It was raining hard all day today.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm

A.K.A.Loews Assembly Square?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 6, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Sack, then USACinemas, then Loews. But the ads just called it ‘Somerville’.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 13, 2012 at 11:15 am

AMC will build a new 12-screen theatre in Assembly Square, according to today’s Boston Globe. Construction will start this year, and it may open by fall 2013.

scottm
scottm on February 1, 2012 at 8:42 pm

Ron, wow. thanks for the info.

rivest266
rivest266 on May 11, 2013 at 2:52 pm

June 12th, 1981 grand opening ad uploaded here.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 11, 2013 at 5:07 pm

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.)

PopcornNRoses
PopcornNRoses on April 24, 2014 at 2:26 pm

The replacement for this theatre, the new AMC Assembly Row 12, officially opened today in Somerville according to AMC. They are showing movies listed starting today. Considering that they’re about six months from finishing everything over there, i’m surprised it has already opened – they don’t even officially list an address for the theater yet…

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