1878 Purchase Street,
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This neighborhood theatre had been known as the Casino Theatre when there was a policy change instituted in the late-1940’s that lasted until about 1951, judging from ads in the New Bedford Standard-Times.
It became an art house that presented very carefully selected films, usually British, Italian, French. The management must have been very fond of classical music and opera because many operatic and other serious music films were presented. They would occasionally be augmented by a live vocalist or other (local) artist. The programs ran for one week only. There was one evening show and a matinee on Thursdays and Sundays. Ads described the place as being “your intimate cinema”. The whole affair looks to have been a true labor of love.
Any people with additional information on this place are encouraged to share their knowledge. I don’t believe that apart from this cinema there was ever any long-term art house in New Bedford.
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