Central Square Theatre

573 Massachusetts Avenue,
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Central Square Theatre

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A long-ago demolished movie theatre in Central Square, Cambridge. This is not to be confused with the petite Central Square Cinemas which came much later. The Gordon’s Central Square Theatre was opened March 17, 1919 and was still operating in 1950.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 11, 2007 at 7:29 am

The Boston Post for Feb. 25, 1931 has a listing of Paramount-Publix theatres on its entertainment page. The entry for the Central Square Theatre in Cambridge lists two current films, “Royal Family of Broadway” and “Under Suspicion” plus Jimmy Gallagher on stage.

rnoyes on December 10, 2007 at 5:49 am

They’re currently renovating one of the stores on Mass Ave (between Central Kitchen and the Blockbuster Video) and have uncovered what must’ve been an external wall at one point. And on this wall is a trulye awesome ghost ad for one of the Central Square Theatres.

I’m not sure which of the three theaters in Central Square was part of the M&P circuit, though.

Anyway, if you’re in the area go see the ghost ad while you can, as I’m sure it won’t be part of the new store’s interior design. I really hope they cover it over again as it must’ve been before, and not tear it down. It’s actually affixed to the brick and not in a frame.

rnoyes on December 10, 2007 at 5:52 am

(Yes, I meant trulye. I’m apparently channelling the ghost of Samuel Pepys here.)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 10, 2007 at 7:31 am

The 1941 edition of Film Daily Yearbook lists the Central Square Theatre, Cambridge, MA as being operated by M.& P. Theaters of Boston

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 10, 2007 at 8:25 am

Yes, it’s this theatre. Nathan Gordon built it, then most of his theatres eventually ended up in Paramount/Publix, then Mullin and Pinanski (M&P).

rnoyes on December 10, 2007 at 9:53 am

Thank you for the clarification and identification! Great to know this indeed was advertising the theater at the corner of Mass Ave and Norfolk.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 10, 2007 at 12:30 pm

This 1930 map shows the “CENTRAL SQ. THEATRE”. Look near the left edge of the map, on the right (east) side of Massachusetts Avenue, just above (north of) Norfolk Street.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 16, 2007 at 7:40 am

Another Central Square Theater (this time spelled “-er”) will open next spring at 450 Massachusetts Avenue. It will be home to the Nora Theatre Company and the Underground Railway Theater company.

This one is for live performance, not movies, and it’s on the opposite side of Mass. Ave. from the previous two Central Square theatres. But it will be nice to see the name ‘Central Square’ used once again for a theater.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 5, 2008 at 7:09 am

A June 14, 1927 piece in the Harvard Crimson reported the showing of screen tests at the Central Square Theatre for Harvard students with Hollywood aspirations.

rivest266 on May 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm

This opened on March 17th, 1919.

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