Route 495 Cinema Centre

124 Medway Road,
Milford, MA 01757

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This three screen theatre opened in 1973 and closed in 1996. It was your typical theatre that was built in the 1970’s. Shoebox auditoriums that held 200 seats and was wedged within a strip mall facade.

It was located in the K-Mart Shopping Center and the unit is now being used as retail space. Interstate Theatres were the original operators until the late 80’s when they sold out to Hoyts.

Contributed by Greg Laughlin

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greg6363
greg6363 on May 22, 2007 at 4:39 pm

Actually, the theatre opened in October 1974. The only film I remember during the opening was The Odessa File starring Jon Voight. I do remember seeing the Disney film The Island at the Top of the World starring David Hartman during Christmas of that same year. For the first few years, they had a strange mix of films which weren’t your typical studio films. B-Movies like Old Dracula, Tidal Wave, Mr. Quilp, Adventures of the Wilderness Family, etc. For a time, one of the screens was showing x-rated pornography which didn’t make for a very family friendly environment. It wasn’t until ‘77/'78 when they got their groove by showing mainstream first-run studio movies. I spent a lot of time at this moviehouse as a kid while my mom shopped at K-Mart.

jcholmes
jcholmes on May 3, 2008 at 3:09 pm

I started my 15 year carreer in Movie Theatre Operations here. At the time, it was recently purchased by Hoyts. The theatre maintained fairly high admits when it was a discount house, until Hoyts decided to make it first run (primarily a defensive action to ensure they maintained first run agreements with distributors to open Milford 10, which never happened). When Bellingham 14 opened, Hoyts bought out the lease with the provision that the site could not be used for Motion Picture exhibition. The staff was moved to Hoyts Franklin 6, which then became an “overflow” house for Bellingham. Franklin was ultimately closed, as Hoyts began expiriencing financial difficulties due to the heavy capital investments in new construction.

I have fond memories both working there and attending as a customer in the 80’s prior to my employment there.

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