Gary Theatre

131 Stuart Street,
Boston, MA 02116

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The Last of the Gary

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This sizable theatre was formerly the Plymouth Theatre which opened in 1911. It was located on Stuart Steet near Tremont Street and right around the corner from what is now the Emerson Majestic Theatre.

It became the Gary Cinema in 1958. It was demolished in 1978 for construction of the State Transportation Building.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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RogerA on July 3, 2012 at 10:51 am

The best Todd-AO presentation was at the Astor.

hvsteve1 on July 14, 2012 at 11:37 pm

I remember seeing Lawrence Of Arabia there…several times.

RogerA on July 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Ben Sack bought these theaters cheap because they were condemned as legit houses. The dressing rooms were infested with vermin. So he cleaned them up remodeled them and open them as movie theaters. The Astor was the only theater to rip out the stage the dressing rooms and the proscenium to make room for the huge curved screen.

MPol on July 18, 2012 at 2:52 pm

I remember seeing The Sound of Music there, when it first came out and was in the movie theatres.

Nataloff on August 15, 2012 at 6:15 pm

The Gary (named after Ben Sack’s son) and Saxon (also supposedly named after “Sack’s son”) were linked by an underground passageway.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 18, 2012 at 10:46 am

The underground passageway which Nataloff mentions was only one story underground. It ran from the north side of the inner lobby of the Plymouth/Gary down Allen’s Alley alongside the Majestic. There was an exit into the north side of the Majestic lobby. The passageway then made a sharp left turn to run northward under Tremont Street. There was an exit into the lobby of the Little Building (Tremont & Boylston), then it continued northward into the Boylston Street trolley station. This passageway was completely intact, with lights which still worked, as of 1983, although it was out of use long before then. The section alongside the Majestic was busted open and filled in around 2001 as a prelude to the construction of the Emerson Tufte Building at the head of Allen’s Alley (site of the Gary auditorium).

FlamingoMom on June 30, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Does anyone remember the tiny costume & prop shop Helene’s (I think was the name)that was directly behind the Gary marquee. As a theatre student in Boston in the early 1970s I was sent there several times to pick up or return rental costumes & props. You entered through a door under the marquee & climbed narrow stairs up to the shop. It was a rather bizarre little shop. I have no idea how long it lasted & haven’t been able to find anything about it.

Redwards1 on February 21, 2014 at 8:27 am

The 70mm presentation of Lawrence of Arabia was excellent. Oddly, there were reserved seats directly in front of the projection booth at the rear of the first balcony. Late arrivals cast their shadows on the otherwise impressive large flat screen that filled the stage. I had seen Lawrence previously in San Francisco where it played a second rate theatre on Market St with inferior projection and sound. The Gary presentation was far superior and it had a long run.

Coate on March 17, 2015 at 9:50 am

“The Sound of Music” premiered at the Gary 50 years ago today. With a reserved-seat run of 83 weeks, do you think it is the long-run record holder for this venue?

Also, on a related note, I would like to mention my new 50th anniversary retrospective for “The Sound of Music” can be read here.

DICK3570 on November 22, 2015 at 4:59 am

The Theatre had such a short distance between the front and back walls that the screen was located almost at the rear of the back stage wall leaving just enough room for the 5 stereo speakers. The projection booth at the rear of the first balcony was very small making it a very cramped booth for the operators. They had about the biggest equipment at the time; Norelco 70mm machines and Peerless condenser arcs.

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