Studio Cinema

376 Trapelo Road,
Belmont, MA 02478

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Located in the Waverly section of Belmont, just to the east of Waltham. Built as the Strand Theatre in 1919, it was home to both early silent film and stage productions. By 1941 it was operated by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. and had 700 seats.

Studio Cinema has managed to maintain the warmth and history of this beautiful venue, while infusing it with new life and proudly showing today’s audiences the best in current motion pictures.

The theaters ticket prices are famously low and include a 2 for 1 Tuesdays deal. One of Greater Boston’s best kept secrets… The Studio Cinema is a charming classic cinema with a thoroughly modern flair. It was closed in January 2015, but reopened July 2015.

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Recent comments (view all 18 comments)

Jolar70 on November 20, 2006 at 3:23 am

As a boy, I lived in Belmont between 1978 and 80, and visited this theater a number of times. Its modest exterior hides the fact that it’s actually a good, medium-sized theater within. If I remember correctly, the lobby is fairly small, but my favorite detail of the Studio is that the projectionist had to climb a ladder up into the booth! I haven’t been there in about 26 years, so my memory could be flawed. What I know for sure is that I saw “The Magic of Lassie” there, starring an aging Jimmy Stewart in an attempt to revive the Lassie series, “The Black Stallion” and a wonderful, cheap Japanese “Star Wars” rip off called “Message From Space”!

James Fisher
James Fisher on December 1, 2006 at 8:36 pm

Yes Allistair you are correct the booth is in the air when i ran the theatre i was the Manager /Projectionist i was gonna move the booth to the lower level but i like the idea of it being up stair s and hiding

James Fisher
James Fisher on June 3, 2007 at 7:21 am

conccession stand before i built new one

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 6, 2007 at 6:58 pm

The Strand in Belmont was listed in the 1928 Film Daily Yearbook as being part of the Boas Circuit of Boston. Boas ran 22 movie theatres at that time. It’s listed as being in the Waverly section of Belmont.

nkwoodward on March 6, 2008 at 5:10 pm

I just saw There Will Be Blood there March 4, on 2-for-1 night ($8.25 adult, not bad!) The seats are old and saggy, but they’re re-painting the backs of the metal seats glossy black. Most of the seats are repainted already, but three or four rows were cordoned off, presumably while the paint dried. The whole theater smelled of spray paint. Why couldn’t they complete this project in the summer, when they could open all the doors during the day to air the place out?

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 22, 2009 at 7:09 pm

According to the site, the link to which was posted above by Lost, the name was changed from Strand to Studio in 1965.

TLSLOEWS on March 3, 2010 at 11:45 pm

It does look like a barn.

mark edmunds
mark edmunds on June 1, 2011 at 1:58 am

great little theater, I did some “learners permit” time in the booth many years ago. glad to see it’s still going strong. I will post recent photos

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 4, 2015 at 1:04 am

This theatre has been closed for two months now due to building and fire code violations. If and when they will reopen is uncertain.

georgetilton on July 3, 2015 at 12:00 am

Change status to open. Theater reopened after code violations had been corrected. Currently showing Inside Out.

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