Broadway Theatre

420 Broadway,
Chelsea, MA 02150

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Single screen neighborhood theatre opened in 1916/1917 closed during the early-1950’s. Theatre torn down and land re-used as a pedestrian walkway and municipal parking lot.

Contributed by Edward Findlay

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EdwardFindlay
EdwardFindlay on April 6, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Photos from shortly after closure, 1940, and 1938 shown here: http://www.olgp.net/chs/square/broadway.htm

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 7, 2011 at 3:58 am

The Broadway Theater is listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook as having over 1000 seats and open 7 days per week.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 7, 2011 at 4:13 am

The Broadway in Chelsea is listed in the 1942-43 Motion Picture Yearbook as part of M&P Theatres, 60 Scollay Square Boston. M&P, Mullin & Pinanski, a Paramount affiliate, also ran the Olympia Theatre in Chelsea.

EdwardFindlay
EdwardFindlay on April 9, 2011 at 1:31 pm

1955 aerial view shows the theatre demolished… View link

EdwardFindlay
EdwardFindlay on April 9, 2011 at 1:40 pm

link shows another location but type in the location of the theatre and click on the 1955 aerial map and it shows it already demolished and in use as a parking lot…

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on April 10, 2011 at 7:17 am

Open ~1916/1917-~1955? Can anyone verify the exact dates?

Owners:

1930 Publix Theatres Corp.

1935-1945 M&P Theatres, Mullins and Pinaski, (Paramount Affiliate)

1950-1955 New England Theatres, Inc., (Affillated with American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.) of Boston, Chester L. Stoddard, President. They had 8 theaters in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

More info and more photos always welcome.

EdwardFindlay
EdwardFindlay on April 17, 2011 at 3:09 am

May have been owned until 1955 but it was closed as a theatre around 1950.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 5, 2013 at 4:31 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive in Illinois has the MGM Theatre Report for the Broadway Theatre. Listed at 420 Broadway; it was Closed at the time. It had 804 orchestra seats and 386 balcony seats, total: 1,190. There is an exterior photo take April 1941. The theater had a fancy marquee which read “Closed – Visit the Olympia”.

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