U.S. Army Fort Devens Hodges Theater

MacArthur Avenue & Givry Street,
Ayer, MA 01434

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 23, 2013 at 6:29 pm

OK, Chief Bob – If this theater was built in 1976, then the very nice colored postcard up in the heading does not belong here; it belongs with the page for the Bataan-Corregidor Theatre at Fort Devens, which you have just set up. The street names on the map of the area today mean nothing to me; when I was there 1957-66, you navigated around the base using building numbers.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 23, 2013 at 4:12 am

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm

The building in the colored postcard displayed in the heading and labeled “Post theatre, Fort Devens Mass.” is the same building pictured on a MGM Theatre Report. The Report is undated, but probably dates from the 1940s. In pen, someone wrote on it “College Theatre, former War Department theater, Fort Devens, Ayer, Mass.” There is a small photo and a large photo. The small photo shows the original entrance. The large photo shows the entrance after it was rebuilt, as in the postcard: a wider entrance, with a canopy above. There is no question that it’s the same theater. Is this the same theater which was later named in honor of General Hodges? Or was the Hodges Theatre a totally new and different building?

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 15, 2013 at 6:41 pm

The postcard is neat – is there a date on it? Note the building to the left of the theater- the post theater which I remember at Fort Devens 1957-1966 did not have a building on its left; it had the main road leading down to the main gate. But that theater was the same shape as the one in the postcard, including not having an elevated stage house to the rear. But I’m running on memory here, and memory can play tricks!

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 12, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Bob- Was the theater built in 1976? The base itself, as Camp Devens, was opened around World War I, not in 1976. I was on Army Reserve duty there many times between 1957 and 1966 and went to the movies at the “post theater”, which was a typical large wood-frame building,painted pale yellow, and built to standard Army plans. I don’t remember the name of the street on which it was located.

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on June 12, 2013 at 4:17 am

The theater is located straight East of the intersection of MacArthur Avenue & Givry Street.