Flagship Cinemas Quincy

1585 Hancock Street,
Quincy, MA 02169

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Flagship Cinemas, outside of Boston has been around since 1995. They own and operate 112 screens in 12 theatres throughout Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maryland and Florida.

The Flagship Cinemas Quincy closed in December 2006 and was demolished in September-October 2010.

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 19, 2010 at 12:09 pm

This started out as an Entertainment Cinema, then became a Showcase Cinema, and ended life as a Flagship Cinema. I know that the comment thread used to say this, but someone deleted it.

In its final years, it was a third-run cinema, showing only movies that had long exhausted their runs elsewhere.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 23, 2010 at 10:40 am

The cinema still is not demolished. The demo work was halted because asbestos was found in the underfloor of the cinema portion of the complex. New target date to finish demolition is now November 1st. The Quincy Patriot-Ledger of Sept 22, 2010 carried an article whichs states that demolition work has now resumed. This article says that the building dates to 1940, which sounds about right to me. It was the structure just to the south of the Capitol Theatre. The article also states that the movie cinema was constructed in the building in 1988, which seems too early to me. Anyway, although it’s not yet “demolished”, it soon will be !

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 23, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Here’s a link to the Patriot Ledger article. I am surprised to learn that the building is that old!

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 24, 2010 at 11:38 am

They did heavy-duty renovation work there, so that’s why the front, and the south side look “new”.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm

In older comments that I can’t find anymore (maybe on a different Quincy theatre), I recall people talking about a Sears building. Is this the same one?

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 25, 2010 at 11:51 am

Yes, there was a Sears (or “Sears, Roebuck” in those days) just to the south of the Capitol Theatre and extending all the way back to the parking lots to the rear (west). The empty lot of the demolished Capitol was taken over and included in the footprint and the entire structure was heavily rebuilt and modified for the Quincy Fair Mall. I didn’t really pay much attention to what was being done there at the time.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 7, 2010 at 10:29 am

The City of Quincy’s development planning company has a cinema in their plans. It’s located to the rear of the Flagship site, one block to the south of Granite Street and next to the Burgin Parkway. The building will have 4 or 5 levels of parking, with the cinema located above. It’s in a rather obscure corner of the area. Of course, the cinema is just a suggested activity and would require some entity to commit to it.

BobSchlapowitz
BobSchlapowitz on October 20, 2010 at 6:51 pm

And the building is now totally gone.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 16, 2010 at 10:32 am

I went by the site yesterday and there was a crew grading the empty lot.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 26, 2011 at 10:45 am

In the Street View photo above, if you pan left, you can see the cinema attraction board on the upper wall above and behind the Fedex truck.

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