Symphony Cinema

252 Huntington Avenue,
Boston, MA 02115

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In the late-1960’s this theatre was carved out of the first floor of a building across from Symphony Hall on Huntington Avenue in Boston.

It was an art house showing a mixture of off-beat, independent American, and foreign-language films. The seating was not raked and it was often difficult to see all of the screen (and subtitles) if you were in a bad spot. The programming was very interesting and adventuresome, however. It disappeared, I believe, by the end of the 1970’s.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 7, 2005 at 7:27 pm

I have a gay guide book for Boston (published in 1977) in which the Symphony II Theater is listed at a street address 252 Huntington Avenue screening gay male porn movies.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 7, 2005 at 7:42 pm

That couldn’t have lasted very long. This page says that the adjoining BU Theatre bought the Symphony Cinemas building some time between 1978 and 1981. I recall it was earlier in that range, rather than later.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on January 7, 2005 at 8:14 pm

Ron;
Thanks for posting those details, it is always good to piece together another slice of the history, especially when it comes from ‘the horses mouth’.

sinclair
sinclair on March 23, 2005 at 2:48 am

I recall standing in line awaiting to get in to see “I Am Curious, Yellow” like it was the second coming or something. yawn.

elramon
elramon on February 18, 2006 at 3:12 pm

I remember seeing The Collector, The Chase and A Funny Thing Happend on the way to the Forum. We always went to Brigham’s afterwards

advocate
advocate on November 10, 2007 at 5:28 am

I recall seeing the classic (and infamous) horror/slice-and-dice film “Last House On The left” there in late 1976…I guess the place was not long for this world by that point, and had fallen on pretty hard times.

dickneeds111
dickneeds111 on March 21, 2012 at 10:14 pm

I remember going to see I Am Curious Yellow. there. I worked by Fenway Park and didn’t want to drive home at 3.30 pm so I hoped the T and went to the movies. I should have gone home because this is the afternoon the police raided the theatre and all the TV staions were out front filming for the 6pm news. The police shut the theatre down but it resumed playing the next day without problems. Never did get to see the last 15 mins or so.

sweetmel
sweetmel on May 20, 2012 at 6:32 am

I remember seeing all the kung fu movies back in the 1970’s when I was kid at the symphony.

rivest266
rivest266 on May 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm

This opened on March 31, 1965. Ad and picture uploaded.

dickneeds111
dickneeds111 on June 15, 2014 at 10:45 pm

After all these years I finally got to see I Am Curious Yellow complete a few months ago on of all places Turner Classic Movies. What a waste of time.

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