Park Square Cinema

31 St. James Avenue,
Boston, MA 02116

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This minuscule movie theatre was actually located off a corridor within an office building on Park Square. It was in existence for a number of decades, previously called the Telepix Theatre. The programming included first run art fare and revival programs. In the 1960’s it often did day-and-date with the Kenmore Square Cinema. It has been gutted and converted to retail/commercial usage.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 9, 2006 at 10:27 am

The MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for the Telepix Theatre has an exterior photo taken in May 1941. There is a rather fancy doorway with a double door set in it. Above is a small rain canopy with “Park Square Building” on it. Above the canopy is a small vertical sign but it’s not readable. There is nothing about this entrance which suggests there’s a cinema inside. The Report states that the Telepix is a Newsreel theatre; that it’s on St. James Avenue, that it has been showing MGM product for 2 years; that it was built in 1939, is in Good condition, and has 500 seats, all on one floor. On the Report is written “Nice little house”.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on December 9, 2006 at 10:44 am

I saw that building yesterday and that portion is now a U.S. Post Office sub-station.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 4, 2007 at 3:12 pm

From the MIT newspaper The Tech, September 26, 1962:

Park Square Cinema: Telepix With New Face
[quote]The old Telepix Theater has received a new look and a new name. Now the Park Square Cinema, it seats 300 people, has a wider screen and new murals.

The abstract murals, done by Norman Ives, are of wood blocks that protrude at different depths from the wall. The outside mural is in white and black, the inside one in red and black.

New Zeis-Ikon projectors, not using carbon arcs, have been added.[/quote]
Next to this article is a review of the movie Divorce – Italian Style, playing at the Park Square. I don’t know whether this was the first movie to play at the theatre under its new name.

poemmaker54
poemmaker54 on February 15, 2008 at 7:42 pm

I couldn’t for the life of me remember the name of this cinema, only that it was near the old Greyhound bus station and the Park Plaza. I loved this theater so much, was there all the time when I was a teenager and college student back in the ‘70s. I saw so many classics there: Tracy/Hepburn, “The Women”, Bette Davis, Deneuve, many great foreign films, too, especially Claude Chabrol (“Le Boucher”!). My friends couldn’t remember the name either and some told me I was imagining that a theater was there. Ty Burr of The Globe finally today confirmed the name for me. I am so happy to reconnect with such warm and wonderful memories of this little, old theater!

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 15, 2008 at 11:25 pm

Is Ty Burr’s article online? Can you link to it? Thanks.

poemmaker54
poemmaker54 on February 16, 2008 at 8:48 am

Hi, Ron,

Thanks for writing…
I emailed Ty at his Globe address, thought maybe he might know the name of the cinema and he did! We are both “of a certain age” ha ha. Did you ever go there? I don’t remember when it went away. I miss a lot of the old theaters, even the ones I wasn’t crazy about, I missed once they shut down, like The Cheri. I do like and go to The Capitol a lot (those owls!) and I love movies so much that I even tolerate the Boston Common Loew’s which I think is garish and belongs in Las Vegas.
I think I have gone “Rear Window” crazy! I watched it again last night for the 4th time in as many months. I can watch it over and over. Fascinating film.
Please keep writing if the spirit moves you. I love to talk about films! Cheers

Leo

filmgene
filmgene on June 24, 2008 at 9:30 pm

How nice to remember the Telepix. I was a film student at BU during the early sixties and got to know the Manager of the theater quite well. She was Inge Loven, a lovely Swedish woman with an artificial leg who was a connoisseur of cinema. I remember spending hours in her tiny office at the theater talking about Kurosawa and the other greats. I believe she eventually returned to Sweden. I left Boston for New York before the name change. I am the new Director of the Visual Arts Theater in NYC (see entry). I hope Inge would be pleased. I think of her often.

Tinseltoes
Tinseltoes on July 19, 2012 at 3:14 pm

Conversion of Telepix into Park Square described at bottom of this page from a 1962 trade journal: Boxoffice

rivest266
rivest266 on September 18, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Also notice a mistake in the Boxoffice article.

SteveBurstein
SteveBurstein on June 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm

I frequented the Park Square Cimema(Actually renamed THE PARK SQUARE MOVIEHOUSE by then)in ‘72-'73 when I was 13 and 14.I saw THE GANG’S ALL HERE(1943)in jaw-dropping Technicolor in 1972, and wished that movies could still look like that.I wished my LIFE could like like that!I searched for more 40s Technicolor films like that, but in vain(“Gang’s All Here” was a special Dye Imbibition reprint)-Technicolor printing was close to obsolete, and in a few years Fox would convert all the negatives to splotchy, blotchy Eastmancolor versions and throw the Technicolor originals away!At least they’re Color-TV stations often ran them only in B/W!

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