Puritan Theatre

1741 Washington Street,
Boston, MA 02118

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Undated photo credit South End Historical Society.

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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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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 16, 2011 at 10:37 am

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 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm

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 12:20 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 1:35 pm

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

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 3, 2011 at 11:06 am

The facade was a light-grey color.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 23, 2011 at 10:49 am

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 17, 2011 at 5:15 pm

1938 map:


sweetmel on May 19, 2012 at 10:47 pm

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?

mal_dominguez on August 28, 2015 at 4:54 pm

I started working at the Puritan when I was 14 years old, back in 1962. I remember the manager, Mr. Goodman well. All of us teens who worked there thought of him as a father. He was a wonderful man. Although I started working at the Puritan I mostly worked at the National Theater on Tremont St. until 1965/66. One of the most interesting things I remember about the Puritan is that on weekends we sold cotton candy at the snack bar. At the end of the day we would leave with sticky cotton candy all over us.
Most of my family worked there at one time or another during the sixties. I have very fond memories of years I spent there.

DavidZornig on November 27, 2015 at 11:55 am

Undated photo added, photo credit South End Historical Society.

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