Center Theatre

690 Washington Street,
Boston, MA 02111

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Center Theatre

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A former grand theater, the Center Theatre is now a shopping mall on the totally altered ground floor.

Upstairs, however, in the former balcony area, with a new floor extended through the proscenium arch, most of the decor survives and provides a rather more lavish Chinese restaurant than most other diners!

Contributed by Ian Grundy

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 29, 2009 at 12:38 pm

The cuisine there is typical of any large Asian restaurant. And it’s not that expensive.

AdoraKiaOra
AdoraKiaOra on October 30, 2009 at 1:42 am

I’ll pop in next time I’m in town, camera in hand, thanks.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on December 30, 2009 at 12:44 pm

This photo of the Globe as a burlesque house is dated “circa 1955”:
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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 30, 2009 at 12:45 pm

High winds yesterday in Boston blew an ancient black iron shutter off of the rear stage wall of the former Center Theater yesterday, injuring a passerby down below on Knapp Street.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 30, 2009 at 12:48 pm

Tinseltoes' photo of the old Globe in burlesque days is a good one! However, the date of it should be “circa-1945” not “1955”. By 1955 its burlesque days were over and it had been renamed the Center Theater and was under management of E.M. Loew.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 14, 2011 at 1:39 pm

In a 1918 Boston street directory this theatre, as “Loew’s Globe Theatre” is listed at 692 Washington Street.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 29, 2011 at 5:46 pm

This theatre is currently mapped on the wrong Washington Street (Brighton, instead of downtown Boston), miles away from where it belongs.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 11, 2011 at 12:32 pm

This theater had the distinction of being operated by both of the Loew theater circuits. As the Globe in the 1920s it was operated by Marcus Loew of NY. After WW II it became the flagship of the E.M. Loew circuit and the name was changed to Center Theatre.

sweetmel
sweetmel on May 20, 2012 at 12:09 am

I don’t remember seeing movies there even though I was told I did go with my family however, I have been the the resturant there and the house style rice is very good.

rivest266
rivest266 on May 11, 2013 at 2:02 pm

February 11th, 1947 ad uploaded here.

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