C. Walsh Theatre

55 Temple Street,
Boston, MA 02114

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 8, 2010 at 10:52 am

The figure of 1,100 seats came from the Donald King Boston theaters book. It probably did have more than 399 seats prior to the renovation project a couple years ago, but maybe not as many as 1,100. Suffolk University’s new Modern Theatre on Washington Street will supposedly have about 185 seats which makes it even smaller than the C. Walsh Th.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 8, 2010 at 5:38 am

http://www.suffolk.edu/college/22887.html says that the C. Walsh theatre has 399 seats.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 7, 2010 at 12:38 pm

Does this really have 1100 seats? That is much much bigger than what I remember.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 7, 2010 at 10:30 am

I, too, wonder what the future of this theater is, if the property is sold.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 7, 2010 at 9:28 am

Here is Suffolk University’s official web page for the C. Walsh Theatre, with an extensive history of various performers and speakers who have appeared there.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 7, 2010 at 9:02 am

According to an article in today’s Herald, Suffolk University is considering selling its Beacon Hill buildings, including the one that contains this theatre. Would a new owner keep this theatre intact and open?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 21, 2008 at 7:22 am

The Ford Hall Forum lecture series is now affiliated with Suffolk University. Many of this fall’s lectures will take place in the C. Walsh Theatre.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 5, 2008 at 10:00 am

The Suffolk Theatre is not listed in the Boston section of the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 3, 2008 at 10:15 am

This theater and the Steinert Hall on Boylston St. are probably the most obscure of the surviving old downtown Boston theaters. Although the Archer Building has a cornerstone reading “1920”, it’s possible that the building did not actually open until 1921. Donald King, in his 2005 book “The Theatres of Boston” (McFarland), stresses that the movie operation at the Suffolk Theatre did not last very long. He notes that the Suffolk had an organ and that the proceeds from the cinema went to the Suffolk Law School.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 30, 2008 at 10:21 am

Thank you for posting this! I am continually surprised by the long-forgotten movie theatre locations that you and others turn up.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 30, 2008 at 10:06 am

The Suffolk Theatre’s ad in the Boston Globe for Christmas week of 1921 stated that the theater was located to the rear of the State House, that it had recently opened, and that movie shows were presented continuous from 130PM to 1030PM. There were 2 movies Mon-Wed, then a change of show with 2 more titles Thurs-Saturdays. There was a children’s show on Saturday mornings at 1030.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 29, 2008 at 9:56 am

It was a neighborhood movie theater in the 1920s. During the 1980s and 1990s it was used quite often by various theater groups of the “Off-Broadway” type. By that time it had been renamed from Suffolk Theatre to C. Walsh Theatre. Not having seen any listings for it in the last couple of years, I wondered if its building, the old Suffolk Law School, had been closed or demo’d. So I hiked up there a few days ago to check it out. It’s still there, and in the poster cases at the entrance were some posters for 2008 shows. The entrance has fancy heavy wood doors and I wonder if they are originals from 1920.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 29, 2008 at 6:50 am

I never knew this was once a cinema. Do you know for how long it showed movies?