Route 3 Cinema City

308 Chelmsford Street,
Chelmsford, MA 01824

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This was a standard theater, probably built in the 1960’s. I went there frequently as a kid. It closed in mid-1998 when the Lowell Showcase was built nearby. It was slated to be demolished and replaced by a Stop & Shop Supermarket, but there were initially legal challenges to that. The theatre stood empty and deserted until it was demolished in February 2011.

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 24, 2011 at 10:16 pm

This was demolished last Thursday to make way for a Stop & Shop supermarket. The Chelmsford Independent posted a short news article and a video.

chitchatjf
chitchatjf on July 23, 2011 at 10:29 pm

The theater stayed open till mid 1998,a few months after the Lowell Showcase opened. Even with a $3.50 bargain night,it could not compete despite showing many of the same films.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 10, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Is the address given here correct? The Stop & Shop which is replacing the cinema has the address 299 Chelmsford Street … which, being an odd number, would be across the street from 308.

rivest266
rivest266 on May 12, 2013 at 2:07 pm

This opened as a twin on June 3rd, 1964. The third screen (First 3-screen cinema in the USA) opened on January 25th, 1967. Both ads posted.

DavidP
DavidP on May 15, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Thanks for posting these movie ads from 1964 and 1967! This was the cinema I used to go to back in the 1970’s! I did not know it was once a 2-screen theatre. Do you have any other ads or photos?

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