Pru Cinema

903 Boylston Street,
Boston, MA

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The Pru Cinema, named for the Prudential Center across the street, showed “Deep Throat” for years, along with other adult films.

After the Pru Cinema closed in the late 1970s, it briefly reopened as the Famous Classics Cinema, showing revivals. The Famous Classics lasted less than a year, and it was closed for good by 1979.

Contributed by Ron Newman

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 28, 2005 at 12:03 pm

This Boston Phoenix article shows a photo of the Pru Cinema.

I got the address from this sidebar, which listed Boston’s movie theatres of 1971, and what happened to them.

bunnyman
bunnyman on June 28, 2005 at 6:59 pm

Great work Ron, any idea about the Townhouse theatre mentioned on that list?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 28, 2005 at 7:03 pm

No idea, never heard of it. That 84 Beacon Street address today belongs to the Bull & Finch (aka Cheers) !

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 28, 2005 at 7:42 pm

Also, the 1971 list is not complete, as it does not include the State, Mayflower, Pilgrim, or West End. It also does not include the RKO Boston/Cinerama, but that might have been closed for subdivision by 1971. (And it doesn’t include the Cheri because that was still open in June 2001.)

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