West Peabody Cinema

Russell Plaza,
West Peabody, MA 01906

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The Jerry Lewis Cinema opened in the early-1970’s, a small, two-screen box (one auditorium in red, the other in blue), this was the site of many a happy Sunday afternoon when I was a kid. I saw “What’s Up, Doc?”, “Murder On the Orient Express”, “Willy Wonka…”, “The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes” and, one life-altering summer evening “The Sound Of Music”. We could ride our bikes from our homes in Middleton to the West Peabody, Massachusetts location to enjoy the Sunday double-feature. How many hours I logged, I could never count.

It was closed as the West Peabody Cinema in the mid-1980’s.

Contributed by Frank Gayton

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 6, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Jerry Lewis sold out way before the mid 80’s.Did it keep the name? I wouldn’t think so if another chain bought it.

markp on January 6, 2010 at 7:48 pm

The above intro timeline sounds very much like the Jerry Lewis Twin Cinema my dad worked at in Carteret N.J. That one opened on June 7, 1972 and closed late in 1984. Its name was never changed, even thought the parent company, Network Cinema Corporation had folded up shop in early ‘74. Ours was also in 2 colors, cinema 1 was blue, cinema 2 was red, and the lobby was split with the candy stand. No way for the public to cross over. It was where I really got involved with the industry. Lots of fun times.

markp on January 6, 2010 at 7:50 pm

If was like the one I just described, then it probably had 300 seats in each cinema. That was JLC’s trademark. 350 seats in a single screen, 300 seats each in a twin.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 7, 2010 at 10:41 pm

With that configuration there must have been two separate sets of restrooms, one for each screen?

lynnfieldguy on June 14, 2012 at 9:29 am

I remember this place. The very first movie they showed when they opened for business was “Mark of the Devil”, and they gave everyone a vomit bag on the way in. It was pretty grisly but I didn’t throw up. They made that their very first movie for publicity reasons, to get the word out that the theater was open for business. Saw lots of movies there. never would have remembered that it was a Jerry Lewis theater without seeing it here, but i remember it now.

da_Bunnyman on August 25, 2013 at 7:28 pm

I remember this place. It was called West Peabody Cinema after the Jerry Lewis name was removed. A really oddball location. It was technically at the same location as a small mall. BUT at the edge of the mall was a wall of solid rock maybe 15-20 feet high which completely blocked any view of the theater from the mall parking lot. This cliff was only 3-6 ft thick and you could drive around it to get to the cinema.There was another entrance road but it was badly marked so place was isolated from view. I asked manager at cinema about the wall and he said place was built well after the mall and owner of mall refused to pay to take down wall. Like most small twins it ended up going porno before it closed, but I think it reverted back to regular films before closing.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on August 15, 2016 at 6:29 am

Was this located at 649 Lowell St? The building there appears it could have been a cinema.

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