Brookline Theatre

Washington Street,
Brookline, MA

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This theatre is the most obscure of the movie theatres in the town of Brookline. Where exactly on Washington Street was it located? At one time it was run by the Levenson circuit of Boston, a.k.a. Strand Theatres. Further information welcomed.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on March 4, 2007 at 12:22 am

Is this a different theatre from Cinema Brookline ?

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 4, 2007 at 3:32 pm

It could be very possible that the name was changed slightly from “Brookline Theatre” to “Cinema Brookline”.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 4, 2007 at 5:34 pm

“Someone Who Was There” informs me that the Brookline Theatre and the Plaza/ Cinema Brookline are not one-in-the-same, although located very close to one another. The Plaza was the newer operation. The MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for the Brookline Theatre has an exterior photo dated April 1941. The entrance was at the right end of a commercial building at least 3 stories high. There was a rectangular marquee with “Brookline” at the top. Attractions were “Hudson’s Bay” and “Jennie”. Nearby was “Boylston Candy Kitchen” store which suggests that the building was near the intersection with Boylston St. (Route 9). The Report states that the Brookline had been a MGM customer for 2 years; that it was built in 1939, was in Excellent condition, and had 800 seats on the main floor and 400 in the balcony. In the 1942-43 Motion Picture Almanac, the Brookline and the Coolidge Corner theatres are both listed as part of the Levinson circuit, also known as Strand Theatres.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 21, 2008 at 2:21 am

From Boxoffice magazine, January 1938:

LEVENSON SETS OPENING

The Brookline Theater, known in its embryonic state as the Village, will be opened January 29, according to present plans of Max Levenson. John Markle, manager of the Coolidge Corner, will also handle the new location.

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