E.M. Loew's Salem Theatre

293 Essex Street,
Salem, MA 01970

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Located opposite the YMCA on the west end of Essex Street close to the intersection with Summer Street. E.M. Loew’s Salem Theatre opened in 1953. Its interior was modern.The walls were wallpapered, the ceiling was plain tile, and the aisles had carpet runners. All seating was orchestra, and because the the theatre was a single story, there was no balcony, or even a mezzanine at the rear. The seats moved forward slightly so the person could recline a bit. That was an innovation for its time. Otherwise, the theatre was nondescript. By 1983 it was being used for concerts. It was closed in 1985.

The building suffered a fire in the late-1980’s or early-1990’s and was razed. Condominiums now stand on the site.

Contributed by David April

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da_Bunnyman on March 26, 2018 at 8:07 pm

A nice enough place to catch a double feature. Was usually second run with an older film on first. Would also get some first runs, usually the type you’d see on a TV ad with the announcer saying “At theaters and drive-ins near you.”

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