523-25 Washington Street,
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Modern Theatre (Official)
Architects: Clarence H. Blackall
Styles: French Renaissance
Previous Names: Mayflower Theatre
News About This Theater
- Oct 11, 2007 — Modern Theatre revamped as dorm
Opened on June 25, 1914 by Boston theater pioneer, Jacob Lourie, the Modern Theatre was the site of the first installed sound projection equipment in the country.
Lourie also introduced a double feature policy here that spread throughout the industry. It was also one of the first movies-only deluxe theaters in New England.
In 1949 its named was changed to Mayflower Theatre. In December 1978, the name was changed back to Modern Theatre, and it began to present live concerts and stage shows such as David Mamet’s “American Buffalo”. This new use only lasted two years, and the Modern Theatre closed for good in May 1981.
The Modern Theatre was demolished in early-2009. Provisions were made to carefully salvage the facade with plans of rebuilding it again onto the modern building which was to constructed on the site. In December 2009, a Boston Herald article reported how 850 pieces had been cleaned and were reassembled in the Spring, 2010, as part of a $42 million project by Suffolk University to create a new 185 seat multi-purpose Modern Theatre, which opened on November 4, 2010. There are also 197 dorm rooms in a 10 story tower built above the new theatre.
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