Mansfield Theatre

South Main Street and East Street,
Mansfield, MA 02048

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Opened around 1927, a local movie theatre in Mansfield, to the southwest of Boston. Further information welcomed.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 8, 2007 at 7:29 am

There is a MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for the Mansfield Theatre with an exterior photo dated May 1941. The theatre was a 2-story building with shingle siding on the sides. The facade was either brick, or faux-brick tarpaper. There was a center entrance with 3 doorways and large poster cases on each side. Above were 4 windows on the second floor. There was no marquee. The Report states that the Mansfield is on South Main St., that it has been presenting MGM product for over 10 years; that it’s less than 15 years old and in Fair condition; and has 418 seats on the main floor and 117 in the balcony; total: 535 seats. Competing theatre is the Orpheum in Foxboro, and the 1940 population of Mansfield was 6,500.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 22, 2010 at 10:49 am

The 1927 Film Daily Yearbook lists one film venue in Mansfield, the Pastime Theatre, 490 seats, open 3 days per week.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 27, 2011 at 4:44 am

As the Mansfield Theatre was less than 15 years old in 1941, but had been open for more than 10 years, it was possibly the theater mentioned in the July 8, 1927, issue of Film Daily:

“Mansfield, Mass.— E. L. & H. L. White will build a theater on Main St. from plans by Architect John E. Kelley of Randolph, Mass.”
I think the building must be gone. The only commercial area on South Main Street is in the block just south of West Street/East Street, and none of the buildings there now are big enough to have held a theater. I suspect that the theater was on the corner of East Street, where the Citgo gasoline station is now. Everything else on the block looks fairly old.

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