171 State Street,
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Previously operated by: Western Massachusetts Theaters
News About This Theater
- Nov 18, 2009 — Happy 50th, "Ben-Hur"
The Arcade Theatre was opened in 1931. It was operated for years by Western Mass Theatres Inc. (Samuel and Nathan Goldstein). Sometime in the 1950’s it was leased to B. & Q. Assocates and became a showcase for long run spectacles, such as "Spartacus" which had its western Massachusetts premiere at the Arcade Theatre. It was the only downtown Springfield theatre to feature films in 70mm projection.
In 1971, the Arcade Theatre was closed. It was demolished in November 1972 in connection with the construction of the Springfield Civic Center, which required that Dwight Street be extended across State Street straight through the theater’s site.
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