Assembly Square Cinemas

35 Middlesex Avenue,
Somerville, MA 02145

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 19, 2014 at 9:49 pm

Demolition of this theatre finally started this week, over 7 ½ years after it closed. You can see photos of the demolition here:

http://thesomervillenewsweekly.wordpress.com/2014/08/19/demolition-day-for-the-old-assembly-square-theater/

PopcornNRoses
PopcornNRoses on April 24, 2014 at 11:26 am

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…

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 11, 2013 at 2:07 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.)

rivest266
rivest266 on May 11, 2013 at 11:52 am

June 12th, 1981 grand opening ad uploaded here.

scottm
scottm on February 1, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Ron, wow. thanks for the info.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 13, 2012 at 8:15 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.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 6, 2011 at 2:55 pm

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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 6, 2011 at 2:49 pm

A.K.A.Loews Assembly Square?

doyle
doyle on February 28, 2011 at 8:41 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.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 23, 2010 at 4:44 pm

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

scottm
scottm on November 19, 2008 at 8:26 pm

I don’t know why but I think they work somewhere across the street or some office buildings next to the old cinemas.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 19, 2008 at 8:13 pm

Thanks. Why are so many cars parked in the lot?

scottm
scottm on November 19, 2008 at 8:08 pm

This is old Somerville Assembly Square Cinemas. It is still closed.
Pics took on November 19, 2008

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MPol
MPol on October 13, 2008 at 1:29 pm

Movies that I recall seeing at the Assembly Square Theatre, in Somerville, MA, include the following:

Killing Fields
Perfect Storm
Spiderman I and Spiderman II
L. A. Confidential

and afew others.

nwsnshn
nwsnshn on October 13, 2008 at 11:11 am

I’m sad. I worked there 13yrs and have many happy memories of the place.

I agree it wasn’t in good shape, though. I don’t know why they don’t fix it up. It’s a good location.

scottm
scottm on August 31, 2008 at 6:54 pm

I am aware of this. I feel not safe to walk into there.

MPol
MPol on August 31, 2008 at 6:44 pm

ScottM and DBrenson:

I may sound a little bit like an old prude saying this, but I think there are more risks to walking through an unlocked door and through the interior of a dark, abandoned movie theatre than just simply being caught by the police, who might rail at you some a bit:

A) There’s the risk of a large chunk of heaven-knows-what falling down on somebody’s head who walks in there, whether it be alone or with someone else.

B) One never knows who may be hiding out in there—it’s possible to encounter a bullet, a switchblade, or to get beat up, assaulted, or worse. Imho-it’s not worth the risk of walking in there, whether one’s alone or accompanied.

MPol
MPol on July 15, 2008 at 5:46 pm

I remember going to the Assembly Square AMC (then Lowes) cinema a number of times, even to late shows by myself. One day, about a year ago, when I was perusing the Arts/Movies section of the Boston Globe, I noticed that the Assembly Square Lowes Cinema wasn’t there anymore. Not long after that, I heard from somebody that AMC had bought that particular theatre and for whatever reason, didn’t want to keep it, and that there’d been some discussion of the possibility of building a new cinema to take its place. I’m sort of hoping, (though it’s just wishful thinking on my part), that, if it does get renovated into a new cinema, that it gets renovated into a movie theatre that plays independent film, and older classics, etc., as opposed to the schlock that most theatres play nowadays.

Yet, at the same time, that area could get kind of wierd. Audiences were often quite rude, and, yes, the theatre did start looking kind of grubby and run-down shortly before it closed. Since the mall pretty much closed down, it began to lose customers, I think, too.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 12, 2007 at 12:29 pm

Federal Realty’s plans for future Assembly Square development include a movie theatre. Federal’s land is between the current strip-mall and the Mystic River, and does not include the land occupied by this former cinema and its parking lot.

The nearest multiplex to Somerville is actually not in Fresh Pond. It’s the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, which has 5 screens. There’s also the Capitol Theatre in East Arlington, with 6 screens, and the AMC-Loews Harvard Square, with 5 screens.

nkwoodward
nkwoodward on December 12, 2007 at 12:21 pm

Good riddance to a real rathole. I can corroborate br91979’s report: I stopped going there in the early 1990s after my brother reported a rat running over his foot during a movie.
If they ever properly re-develop the Assembly Square area, a brand new theater would be a big success in this location: Somerville is the most densely populated town in Massachusetts, and the nearest multiplex is all the way over in Fresh Pond. Maybe if the new IKEA ever gets built, someone will try again in Assembly Square.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 11, 2007 at 6:42 pm

If you have a chance to return, it might be neat to take photos of the big two-sided sign above the adjacent office building. This sign used to list all 12 movies being shown, for the benefit of drivers on I-93. Probably hard to get a good camera angle for it, though.

scottm
scottm on December 11, 2007 at 6:20 pm

No, I haven’t try it.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 11, 2007 at 6:17 pm

Was the left door still openable when you took these photos? Did you open it and go in?

scottm
scottm on December 11, 2007 at 4:26 pm

Here are some pictures of formerly Sack / Loews Cinema in Somerville, MA.
Pictures taken on Dec. 11, 2007 in the afternoon.
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