St. George Theater

79 Concord Street,
Framingham, MA

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St George Marquee 1967

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The St. George Theatre was opened by the George Giles Circuit on April 18, 1921. It ran vaudeville shows, in addition to film. After World War II, Smith Management purchased the two downtown Framingham theaters. The St. George was closed in 1967, and has been replaced by a parking lot.

Contributed by David Wodeyla

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David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on November 14, 2004 at 9:25 pm

Blackall, Clapp & Whittemore are credited as the architects of the Boston Colonial, Wilbur, Metropolitan (later known as the Music Hall and now called the Wang Center), as well as the Modern. The Modern had the first installed sound projection equipment in New England. The St George opened in 1921, and had sound installed in 1929. The Manager of the St George was George Sumter until he retired in 1946, followed by Anthony Capobianco, then James Collins who later became the Manager of the Natick Drive In, then John Berry.

phaskl
phaskl on November 18, 2004 at 1:58 pm

Many good memories of taking the bus from Holliston in the 1950’s to attend the matinee movies at the St. George. The theatre seemed pretty grand to we young people, and you got two features plus a short and a cartoon for a reasonable price – try that now!

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on November 19, 2004 at 5:23 am

Thanks Charles, but the address was already mentioned by Ken Roe, and the town is Framingham, not Farmington. (I know, sometimes the Film Daily has typos)

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 12, 2005 at 6:32 am

Many of the ads on that page are for the Paramount Theatre. Was this another name for the St. George, or a different theatre?

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on May 12, 2005 at 10:55 am

Same theatre, the name changed for a short time. I haven’t looked at enough microfilm to get the exact dates.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 29, 2005 at 6:57 am

The MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for the St. George has a photo taken in 1941. The rather narrow entrance is 2-plus stories high and has a rectangular marquee. The front has two lines with white letters on black background. Movies are “Sleepers West” and “The Great Dictator”. The Report states that the theatre is on Concord St. and has beeen playing MGM product for over 15 years. The house is in “DeLuxe” condition. There are 772 seats on the main floor, and 546 in the balcony, total: 1318 seats.

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on July 23, 2007 at 12:27 pm

The only interior photo of the St. George I can find, is the one I showed on my web page devoted to the theatre, linked by Lost Memory where the photos and ads are, above. It came from the large book titled “American Theatres of Today.”

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on July 23, 2007 at 8:36 pm

Thank you for the compliment. I don’t know when the marquee was installed, but they had one by 1940. I have a picture taken in 1940, which shows it.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 9, 2010 at 12:59 pm

The St. George in Framingham is listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook as having 650 seats and open 7 days/week. That seat count doesn’t seem right.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 9, 2010 at 1:03 pm

Correction: “Open 6 days”.

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