Flagship Cinemas Quincy

1585 Hancock Street,
Quincy, MA 02169

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 26, 2011 at 1:45 pm

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.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 16, 2010 at 1:32 pm

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

BobSchlapowitz
BobSchlapowitz on October 20, 2010 at 9:51 pm

And the building is now totally gone.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 7, 2010 at 1:29 pm

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.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm

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.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 24, 2010 at 3:34 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 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm

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 23, 2010 at 11:54 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 23, 2010 at 1:40 pm

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 August 19, 2010 at 3:09 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.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 19, 2010 at 3:04 pm

From today’s Boston Globe: Old mall makes way for the new. Subhead: Razing is a key step toward road bisecting Quincy Center

The status of this theatre should be changed to Closed/Demoliished.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 20, 2010 at 1:59 pm

According to articles in recent Quincy Patriot-Ledger newspapers, demolition work started in mid-July. They started at the rear of the complex, where the Registry of Motor Vehicles office was located, and are moving forward toward Hancock Street. Should be finished by mid-August, 2010.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 21, 2010 at 2:32 pm

The building is still standing as of May 21.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 5, 2010 at 1:38 pm

According to the Patriot-Ledger of Feb 3, it is hoped to demolish the Quincy Fair Mall building, containing this cinema, in May. It is now totally vacant.

BobSchlapowitz
BobSchlapowitz on September 29, 2008 at 12:02 am

I was a projectionist at this theater from 2003 to late 2005.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 1, 2008 at 2:10 pm

It doesn’t make sense to tear down a taxpaying commercial property to build a road. I’d like to learn more about this project.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 1, 2008 at 2:08 pm

A major tenant at the very rear of the property was the local Registry of Motor Vehicles office; it recently relocated to Braintree.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 1, 2008 at 2:01 pm

What else is in the mall and closing?

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 1, 2008 at 1:54 pm

The building which contains this former cinema and the Quincy Fair Mall is slated for demolition next spring. It is on the right of way of a controversial new connector roadway.

PopcornNRoses
PopcornNRoses on July 31, 2008 at 7:39 am

You know, it’s a shame that this theater closed because from the look of it on the website above, it was pretty nice. I’ve always wanted to run my own theater…hmmmm…well, it’s a nice dream, maybe for down the road a ways…but this wouldn’t be a bad place. Showing a couple of mainstream films, a couple indie films, a “Classic” film, and such, all under the same roof, I think this place would have been ideal for such fare…

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 11, 2008 at 1:38 pm

The deletion of threads of comments is not intentional; it’s some sort of programming glitch. It’s happened in at least a dozen or more theatre Pages that I’m aware of in the past 2 years or so. If you see it, send CT a message because sometimes they can restore the comments.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on April 1, 2008 at 4:33 pm

If you look here you’ll some previous comments about this theatre. I do not understand why CinemaTreasures deleted them.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on April 1, 2008 at 4:23 pm

There were many other commetns for this theatre, about such things as the chains it formerly belonged to, the previous theatre at this location, and so on. Please put them back.

Patrick Crowley
Patrick Crowley on January 27, 2008 at 3:37 pm

I’ve checked the database, Ron. There are no other comments for this theater.

(Sometimes, we remove comments when users flame each other, but this hasn’t happened in this case to my knowledge.)

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 18, 2008 at 1:14 pm

What happened to all the comments which were posted here? Why do threads of comments sometimes disappear completely from certain theatre Pages in CT ?