Humboldt Theatre

147 Humboldt Avenue,
Roxbury, MA 02119

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Humboldt Theatre, Roxbury, MA c. 1960

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The Humboldt was one of several neighborhood movie theatres in the Roxbury section of Boston. It was at one time part of M & P theatres circuit. Further information welcomed

Contributed by Ron Salters

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 22, 2007 at 3:35 pm

The MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for the Humboldt Theatre has an exterior photo dated May 1941. The theatre entrance was at the right end of a 2-story commercial building. There was a modern triangular marquee with an arch above. Attractions are Gary Cooper in “Lives of a Bengal Lancer” plus “Meet the Chump”. The Report states that the Humboldt is at 147 Humboldt Ave. in Roxbury, that it has been showing MGM films for over 10 years; is over 15 years old and in Fair condition, and has 800 seats on the main floor and 500 balcony seats, total: 1,300 seats. It’s listed as a “Neighborhood” theatre.

MarkB on April 27, 2011 at 7:18 am

It looks like there were storefront stores along Humbolt ave, with the entrance at one end. The theater itself was set behind the Humbolt ave buildings, with the stage end of the building fronting on Waumbeck st around the corner. The site now is open, and beside the Trotter school, which I believe was built in about 1970. I went to Boston Tech at the time nearby, and I don’t recall seeing the theater.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 5, 2011 at 7:15 pm

My copy (a Xerox) of the May 1941 photo on the MGM Theatre Report is very poor but it shows a long 2-story building with the Humboldt Theatre entrance at the right end, and at least 5 shops in a row to the left of the entrance. The building next door to the right has only one-story store fronts. It appears that you bought a ticket then went inside and turned left to face the screen.

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