Madison Theatre

292 Centre Street,
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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Madison Theatre

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Opened in 1900, the Madison Theatre was a small neighborhood house in the business district of Jamaica Plain. Further information welcomed.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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MarkB
MarkB on November 25, 2008 at 1:27 pm

The MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for the Madison Theatre in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston has an exterior photo dated 1941.

Can we get a scan of that photo?

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 13, 2008 at 11:32 am

MarkB – I don’t scan the MGM Report photos here in CT because my copies are xeroxes of xeroxes and are very poor. Also, I am wary that someone may hold a copyright on these reports. Someone did scan one of these photos for a theater in Fall River or New Bedford and you can hardly see it.

AugustusMax
AugustusMax on March 1, 2009 at 7:10 pm

The Madison also was referred to as Dutchie’s Palace. It was pretty good in that there was more of a variety then the Jamaica. How many time did you want to see the Catholic conservative, Miracle of the Lady of Fatima and like fare that that was blasted at you on Sundays atthe Jamaica. I guess if you came from Danforth St you must of had some money in your kick. Anyways got my first kissie face at the Madison..

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 4, 2009 at 11:09 am

AugustusMax – do you remember who “Dutchie” of Dutchie’s Palace was? Why did the local kids call it by that name?

bobbyfran
bobbyfran on March 4, 2009 at 12:36 pm

AugutusMax – I doubt if you ever went to the Jamaica theatre. The movies shown there were regular run films and were not Catholic conservative films “blasted” at us. Lady of Fatima was most likely shown when it was released but would have run a regular cycle at the Jamaica, Sun thru Tues or Weds thru Sat. Different films would then begin a new cycle.
I don’t know what part of Jamaica Plain you were from but in the 1940s-50s, none of the families on Danforth St had much money. It was a short street and I knew everyone who lived there. The majority were renters and some lived a hand to mouth existence, just barely getting by.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 26, 2011 at 12:10 pm

The Madison was once called the “Supreme” Theatre, and is listed under that name at 292 Centre St. in JP in a Boston business director, Issue 85, which I think is 1921. Found it on Google Books.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 31, 2011 at 10:30 am

The street directory section of the 1918 Boston Register and Business Directory, Issue 83, says: “Supreme Theatre moving pictures, 292 Centre St” JP (near Chestnut Ave).

MarkB
MarkB on September 30, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I was just told that the Madison burned in about 1956-57. For some reason, the property has never been built on since.

MarkB
MarkB on October 22, 2011 at 11:07 pm

This theatre doesn’t come up when you search Boston. I can’t figure out how to edit it to list it under Boston.

Brab95
Brab95 on December 10, 2011 at 9:44 am

The Madison was a small neighborhood theatre on Center St., facing Bickford St. They had the best popcorn. A lady named Mary was the ticket seller, Dutchie Bauer was the “head usher”, but I don’t remember the owner’s name. Apparently they used Sulpha-Napthol to clean the “restrooms” because when one was standing at the popcorn machine the smell permeated the area. The smell of the popcorn was a more pleasant aroma. Wednesday was “Dish Night” where you paid an extra amount, maybe 25-30 cents and got one piece of a set of dishes until you collected a whole set including serving bowls, platters and sugar bowl & creamer; and every now & then someone would drop their dish or whatever piece was given that week. Plus you got to see a double feature, newsreel and previews of coming attractions. Saturday was the day for Westerns, Serials & cartoons. If you were lucky enough to cash in some soda bottles for 2 cents apiece you could cull together enough money to go the movies. The floor was sticky and if you could sneak a big pickle from Solari’s next door into the theatre you could smell them too.

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