Day Street Olympia
50 Day Street,
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The Day Street Olympia theatre opened on August 4, 1913, in what had been the West Somerville Congregational Church. But before it could open, it had to overcome more than three years of opposition from neighbors and even from the president and women’s dean of nearby Tufts University.
Initially, this theatre was part of Nathan Gordon’s Olympia circuit, which included Somerville’s Union Square Olympia Boston’s Scollay Square Olympia and Washington Street Olympia theatres. In the 1920’s, Elias M. Loew acquired the Day Street Olympia, and he later changed its name to E.M. Loew’s Davis Square Theatre.
The theatre suffered frequent fires, and closed for good after a fire on May 1, 1942. Eventually it was torn down and replaced by a metered municipal parking lot, which is still there today. In warm weather months, the parking lot hosts a popular Wednesday afternoon farmer’s market.
(All of this information comes from David Guss’s excellent website, Lost Theatres of Somerville.)
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