Day Square Theatre

284 Bennington Street,
East Boston, MA 02128

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The Day Square Theatre was a neighborhood theater in East Boston, across the harbor from downtown. It was built in 1913, and was still extant in 1942 when it was part of the Marget Theatres circuit.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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EdwardFindlay
EdwardFindlay on March 18, 2011 at 12:41 am

Address is confirmed here in the BPD police report for the year of 1919: View link

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 18, 2011 at 7:55 am

In the 1919 Boston Police report that Ed Findlay has found it says that the Mgr of the Day Square Theatre in E. Boston, Abraham Montague, requested that two persons be appointed as Special Police Officers at the theater, one of whom was himself!

EdwardFindlay
EdwardFindlay on March 18, 2011 at 3:18 pm

Thanks for finding that, I tried for an hour to scour through it to find the information about the theatre!

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 19, 2011 at 7:27 am

Ed- yes, it takes time and patience to go through the BPD police reports- I only went half way. I also found a reference to the Rialto/Roslindale Theater in Roslindale, and the Fenway Theatre.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 21, 2011 at 8:09 am

The Day Square Theater is listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook as having 800 seats.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 25, 2011 at 8:41 am

In both a 1918 and a 1921 Boston street directory, the Day Square Theater is listed at 284 Bennington Street, between Prescott St. and Curtis St.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 29, 2011 at 7:47 am

The Day Square Theater in East Boston is listed as managed by Marget Theatres of Boston in the 1942-43 Motion Picture Almanac.

EdwardFindlay
EdwardFindlay on April 7, 2011 at 1:56 am

Spinelli’s catering hall now occupies either former the site or the actual building itself…aerial shot from Google maps shows the exact same dimensions as the building in this map: View link

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on December 24, 2012 at 4:21 pm

The November 15, 1913, issue of The Moving Picture World had this item, which is probably about the Day Square Theatre:

“Mr. Louis D. Cohen is having erected at 282 Bennington street, East Boston, a photoplay theater, to cost $40,000. The plans were made by architect Nathan Douglas, and the theater is to be a first-class affair.”

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