Garden Theatre

19 Arlington Street,
Boston, MA

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Located on Arlington Street in the 1970s and 1980s. Information on this theatre would be appreciated.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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BrianKinney33 on May 8, 2004 at 6:55 pm

This was also called The Back Bay Screening Room. I saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show here before it became a cult hit.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 18, 2004 at 8:55 am

Does anyone have the exact street address of this theatre? I’m trying to find exactly where it was located.

dickdziadzio on July 8, 2004 at 12:01 pm

What was the Theatre still exists half way between Newbury
and Boylston on the Public Alley Way in back of Arlington
St. Church. What was the very small auditorium area about 40 feet
down the alley now has boarded
up windows. The front part of the building until recently was some kind of French Coffee house,
now closed, and is now being renovated into something else.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 8, 2004 at 12:39 pm

Richard, many thanks. I want to check out that location soon. I can’t for the life of me remember if I ever went there, although I seem to remember an ad for Roman Polanski’s “What” (a.k.a. “Diary of Forbidden Dreams”) which may have played there around 1972.

dickdziadzio on August 9, 2004 at 10:41 am

Gerald, The small lobby area is now being converted to the
Thomas Moser Cabinet/Furniture store. The City Of Boston
Construction permit on the front door is listed as 19 Arlington.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 7, 2005 at 6:56 am

If this is the current Thomas Moser store, then its address is 19 Arlington Street, Boston 02116. I’d guess that the former auditorium is now used as storage, but I don’t know that for sure.

David DeCoteau
David DeCoteau on July 13, 2008 at 7:09 pm

George Mansour discusses this theatre here…
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