Loring Hall

65 Main Street,
Hingham, MA 02043

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Loring Hall

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Opened in 1852 in the Historic Hingham Square, the old Loring Hall became a movie house in 1936 and has been one ever since.

Still a single screen theater, the Loring still has a balcony and specializes in art house films.

The Loring Hall is now part of the, appropriately named, Patriot Cinemas chain.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 9, 2008 at 11:03 am

Some people I know attended the show on Sunday and report that there was only about $500 in gross revenue there, but the performance, which was not live, went off perfectly and the theater employees stated that in the future there would be more than one day’s notice prior to the shows. There will be several more operas from Italy this season.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 14, 2008 at 11:21 am

Loring Hall is presenting the “Nutcracker” ballet in high-def as performed by the Kirov Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia. There will be 6 performances during the Christmas season at $10 kids, $15 adults.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm

As of a month or so ago, Loring Hall’s operator Patriot Cinemas has expressed interest in running a proposed new multiplex to be constructed on the east side of Route 3A in Hingham. They say that they will continue running Loring Hall as an art-film house.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 18, 2009 at 10:24 am

Patriot Cinemas' new 6-screen Hingham Shipyard Cinema is almost finished and will open soon. It’s on the east side of Rt 3A in Hingham.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on August 1, 2009 at 10:50 am

The new Hingham Shipyard Cinema opened during the last week of July. It has 6 screens and a total of about 1,000 seats, all stadium-style. Although it is close to Loring Hall, Patriot Cinemas say that the latter will remain open. I believe that the new cinema is all-new construction and did not go into an existing structure.

MrDJDude
MrDJDude on February 21, 2010 at 2:46 pm

According to this Patriot Ledger article, Loring Hall was burgled earlier this week. Apparently, the 300-pound safe was stolen from the building, raided, and dumped in a sewer grate. The safe was recovered by Hingham police, with an underminate amount of cash and movie passes stolen.

I can only imagine how a 300lb safe was stolen…

nspunx4
nspunx4 on April 11, 2010 at 4:48 pm

Where was Mark Hoffman when this happened?

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 9, 2010 at 10:35 am

The current cinema operation at Loring Hall dates back to the mid-1930s, but the place was used for movie exhibition prior to that time, because it’s listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook. It lists Loring Hall in Hingham as having 420 seats and operating 2 days per week.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 26, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Loring Hall was on a long list of theaters and halls receiving licenses in MA for the year ending Oct. 31, 1914. It was being run by the Trustees of the Loring Hall Association, and it was in Good condition.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 1, 2012 at 10:50 am

The Quincy Patriot-Ledger had a feature article on Sat. March 31, 2012 titled “Small Theaters' Fade-Out? – Digital technology puts neighborhood cinemas at risk of vanishing.” It quotes someone from Patriot Cinemas as saying that they will keep 35mm projection at Loring Hall for as long as they can. “We do very well there”, he says. The article has a color photo, apparently taken at a recent matinee showing of “Albert Nobbs”. The photo shows part of the auditorium looking front to back. I counted 57 people there, 6 of whom are sitting in the balcony.

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