Publix Theatre

659-65 Washington Street,
Boston, MA 02201

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1975 Picture of the Publix with the Eros next door

Viewing: Photo | Street View

A grind-run theatre on the lower end of Washington Street. This one seemed to specialize to a great degree in programs of westerns.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

Recent comments (view all 202 comments)

dick
dick on November 27, 2010 at 10:41 pm

If any one wanted a sleezy theatre they should have gone to the Stuart St theatre. The only movie theatre I ever went to that the Projection Booth had to shoot at such an angle around a pole holding up the booth. The only other theatre I have ever been in that hjad a worse Keystone was The RKO Keiths in downtown D.C. There booth was so high and far away that it shot down a very steep angle.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 29, 2011 at 4:36 pm

The map and street view do not currently show the correct location for this theatre. It should be about ¾ miles south of what the map shows, at the corner of Washington and Lagrange streets.

Tom10
Tom10 on August 2, 2011 at 9:57 am

I haven’t visited Cinema Treasures in quite some time. I’m shocked to see the extensive posts that documented the attempts to save this theater are, like the venue itself, gone. Anyway, the Publix Gaiety, had superb acoustics, was located in the Theater District, an area which had at one time had special zoning considerations. Whether or not it could have survived economically as a theater, I don’t know. Its demolition was an architectural loss.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 2, 2011 at 10:17 am

The posts are not gone. There are 198 comments on this theatre going back to 2004.

martybearass
martybearass on August 27, 2011 at 1:39 pm

hey Dick I remember the stuart theater very well!! cheap dbl features (50 cents!) and all the sex ya wanted if sat on the left hand side lol but yes the projection was terrible and anytime new people walked in you had a bright spot on the screen! Still would not have traded that time for anything!!

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 8, 2011 at 12:56 pm

I walked by the site of the Publix yesterday and there finally is some activity there. Looks like site prep for a foundation. They have fenced off the alley which ran along the theater’s right (north) side so that it’s not part of the construction activity.

Tom10
Tom10 on April 10, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Woops….sorry Ron. I hadn’t fully figured out how the new format worked and failed to see the button that accesses the earlier comments.

Kind thanks to nvargelis for the link to the images.

rivest266
rivest266 on May 12, 2013 at 8:03 am

This opened on August 19th, 1949.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 12, 2013 at 8:10 am

Maybe that’s when it changed its name to ‘Publix’, but it had already been around for decades before 1949.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 12, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Yes, as the Gaiety (later, Gayety), it opened in November 1908.

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