Square Theatre

15 Salem Street,
Medford, MA 02155

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The Square was one of three or four movie theatres in Medford, just to the north of Boston. It was operated at one time by the Fred E. Leiberman circuit of Boston, also known as Proven Pictures. Further information welcomed.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 4, 2008 at 1:29 pm

The MGM Theater Photograph and Report form for the Square in Medford has an exterior photo taken in 1941. The theatre had a narrow entrance in an office building which appears to be the Coolidge Bulding. There was a rectangular marquee with “Square” at the top and lines for attractions. Movie is “I Stole a Million”. There is a centered ticket booth and narrow poster cases on each side of the entrance. The form says that the Square has been a MGM customer for 4 years; that it was built about 1910, is in Good condition, and has 863 seats on the main floor and 550 balcony seats, total: 1,413 seats. Competing theatres are the Fellsway and the Medford. The 1940 population of Medford was 63,000.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 4, 2008 at 2:13 pm

In the 1942-43 Motion Picture Almanac, the Square Th. in Medford is listed as part of the Fred Lieberman circuit of Boston (“Proven Pictures”).

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 5, 2008 at 1:24 pm

In the CT Page for the Fellsway Theatre in Medford, Old Theatre Buff made a posting on 9-16-2005 which has some info about the Square Theatre. He says that the old Riverside Theatre was reopened in the late-1930s, with its entrance in a new location, and with a program of “proven pictures”, and renamed Square Theatre.

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