Braintree Theater

381 Washington Street,
Braintree, MA 02108

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Braintree Theater

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Braintree Theater was a typical neighborhood single screen theater. Showing first run double features. It was renovated in 1940 with interior decorations by Riseman & Lercari. I was manager for a while in the 1950’s. It was located in Braintree Square.

It was operated at the time by Lockwood & Gordon Theaters, Boston.

I don’t know the year it closed but now it is retail and offices.

Contributed by Richard Doane

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Tom10
Tom10 on January 17, 2007 at 6:57 am

Ron-I’m pretty sure it was open the year round and that they most likely had AC. I can recall going to a matinee there during the summer. The office building has been decently maintained. I don’t know who owns it now.

Tom10
Tom10 on January 17, 2007 at 6:58 am

Ron-I’m pretty sure it was open the year round and that they most likely had AC. I can recall going to a matinee there during the summer. The office building has been decently maintained. I don’t know who owns it now.

Tom10
Tom10 on October 27, 2007 at 12:47 pm

Ken—many thanks for this great photo. Tough to date it. Late forties maybe? Not enough cars around to help with that. The buildings to the left and right still stand, though the building to the right is now a Dunkin Donuts instead of a drug store. The building on the left is a dry cleaner. Can’t tell what it was then. I’d forgot the theater had a marquee that big, some landscaping in front, and some decorative trim around the windows. The utility wires are underground now.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 5, 2007 at 10:21 am

Re: Ken mc’s photo- judging from the car and the rear of the bus in the distance, this photo probably dates from circa-1950, plus/minus. The Braintree Theatre looks the way I remember it !

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 10, 2010 at 11:29 am

In the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook, there are no listings for Braintree MA, but there is a “Town Hall” cinema listed for South Braintree, with 900 seats, open 1 day per week. dwodeyla says that in the 1934 FDY, the Town Hall in South Braintree, 900 seats, is listed as “Closed”; and that there is a Lyric Theatre listed for Braintree, with 750 seats. Is “Lyric” an older name for the Braintree Theatre?

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on December 27, 2012 at 2:15 pm

I believe Lyric is an older name for Braintree because in the 1938 FDY the seating capacity for the Lyric in 665. The next FDY I have is 1944 and the Lyric disappears while the Braintree appears also with a capacity of 665.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 30, 2013 at 12:05 pm

The Theatre Historical Society archive in IL has the MGM Theatre Report for the Braintree Theatre, made in 1941. Address is 381 Washington St., The theater is in Good condition and has 630 seats. There is an exterior photo taken in April 1941 and the facade looks the way I remember it from the 1950s.

bob550
bob550 on October 4, 2013 at 11:51 am

Growing up in Braintree, I remember seeing the movie Psycho at the theater with my mother in 1960. I also remember getting my first, and thankfully only, bloody nose there trying to mediate a fight between two brothers I had gone to the movies with. In later years, I used to get my hair cut at Bob’s Barber Shop located in the same building after the theater had closed.

MarkEdward
MarkEdward on October 6, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Ken, your link for the “undated photo” does not work. Do you have an updated link? Thank you!

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