Fields Corner Theatre

215 Adams Street,
Dorchester, MA 02124

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Opened on April 28, 1924, the Fields Corner Theatre was one of two movie theatres in the Fields Corner section of Dorchester, an area of Boston to the south of downtown. The theatre was fairly large, and originally had a seating capacity of 1,800 including a balcony.

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dickneeds111 on November 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm

The Fields Corner theatre was beautiful. It was a 25 center compared to the Dorchester theatre down the st which was 10 cents. The Fields Corner had a stage and had kiddie stage shows. I saw Howdy Doody an Clarabelle with Chief Thundercloud there. Also cowboy star Sunset Carson there, That was about 1950-1951. We moved from Dorchester to Scituate in 1952. The Fields Corner was at the intersection of Adams and Dot ave, Diagonally across from the Rexall Drug Store and 1 block up from St AQmbrose church.

dickneeds111 on April 17, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Having lived in Fields Corner and about 4 blocks from the theatre the theatre was up and running until the early 60’s. Spent every Sun. there until the nuns came knocking on my mothers door wondering why I hadn’t been attending Sun school. !pm was a terrible starting Sun School because the 1st movie was starting then. What a beautiful ols theatre this was.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 18, 2012 at 11:28 am

Running until the early 60’s? Do you mean early 50’s? I used to go to the Fields Corner area in the 1950s and never saw this theater, and especially from 1960 onward.

burnsie34 on October 31, 2012 at 7:14 am

I can not believe this site. While looking up some Old Dorchester photos I found this site. The Fields Corner Theatre was a wonderful place. Afterwards we would go to Charlie’s Ice Cream Parlor for sodas and talk wilth the “chicks”. The Oriental Theatre in Mattapan was also beautiful with the lighted ceiling.

burnsie34 on October 31, 2012 at 7:17 am

Do you remember the Strand Theatre in Uphams Corner. It was big and had stage shows. Early R&B Stars would perform there.

DotRat on November 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

When we moved from Columbia Point to Fields Corner in the late 50’s, I thought that we all died and went to Heaven. In my late arrival, I never had the chance to experience the obvious splendor of The Fields Corner Theater. My 84 year-old dad remembers it as yesterday and I am curious as to how to get an actual photo of the building. I had trouble with The Theatre Historical Society site.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

DotRat- you can contact the Archives at the Theatre Historical Soc in Illinois (Kathy): They have a black & white photo of the exterior taken in April 1941; it’s on the MGM Theatre and Photograph Report. But it’s expensive, about $50. Or contact me at ; I can help you out.

sonofmarge on February 25, 2013 at 7:43 am

i moved to beach street in 62, the park street theater was still there then, and if i,m not mistaken it was still open in the 70’s. i believe i saw jaws there, which was made in 75.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 25, 2013 at 10:33 am

sonofmarge- the theater at the corner of Park Street and Dot Ave was the Dorchester Theatre and it has its own Page here in Cinema Treasures. You’re right, it was open later than most of the other old movie theaters in Dorchester.

jimdugas on August 21, 2015 at 5:15 pm

I attended the Fields Corner movie Theater back in 1955. the cost was 10 cents and much more fun than attending Adams Theater for 25 cents I remember that Gabby Hayes was at the Fields Corner Theater and that stayed with me my whole life The soap box racers before the main movie was what life was all about

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