Puritan Theatre

1741 Washington Street,
Boston, MA 02118

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Known as the E. M. Loew’s Puritan Theatre, this was a neighborhood theater in Boston’s South End on Washington Street near the corner of Massachusetts Avenue.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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postcon on March 3, 2006 at 3:55 pm

I have fond memories of the Puritan as my dad Henry “Hank” Goodman was the manager of this theatre in the early 60’s.My mom would take my sister and I to the Northampton elevated stop to visit my dad.I remember the Olympia flower store,Chico’s?,and there was a diner across the street.Sometime there werent enough customers,so my dad would shut down the balcony,and me and my sister would be all alone up there!Mostly I remember the concessions!!!Penny candy,hot dogs,cotton candy,popcorn(with real butter if you wanted it),and soft ice cream.Also had a take-out stand to the sidewalk.I’ll query my sis,and see what she remembers.Any questions?

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 3, 2006 at 4:21 pm

Those are good memories, postcon ! I had forgotten that there was a small take-out window on the sidewalk— not many theatres had such a feature. Did your Dad ever mention how many seats the Puritan had? Also, did you and your sister explore back-stage?

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 16, 2011 at 6:37 pm

In a 1918 Boston stsreet directory, the Puritan is listed at 1741 Washington Street, west side of street, north of the Mass. Ave. intersection.

EdwardFindlay on April 21, 2011 at 4:49 am

A rarity, I get to post a picture of a theatre before someone else!

A picture of the theatre from the Washington Street Elevated station: View link

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 1, 2011 at 8:20 pm

The Puritan looks good in that photo. Too bad they have the approx. time it was taken, but not the year— Just an estimate, 1954-59.

RickB on May 1, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Both features on the marquee in the photo were 1956 releases.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 3, 2011 at 7:06 pm

The facade was a light-grey color.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 23, 2011 at 6:49 pm

In the Street View photo above, the Puritan was located where the 6-story brick building is, to the right of the 2-story corner building with the green awning.

MarkB on November 18, 2011 at 1:15 am

1938 map:


sweetmel on May 20, 2012 at 6:47 am

I live right around the corner from it now. I remember riding the old orange line and it’s so odd to see the street now. The tracks cast quite a shadow didn’t they?

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