AMC Chestnut Hill 5

27 Boylston Street,
Chestnut Hill, MA 02167

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rivest266 on May 11, 2013 at 3:07 pm

December 25th, 1975 grand opening ad uploaded here.

John Fink
John Fink on January 24, 2013 at 12:40 am

@Ron – it’ll be a new concept “Showcase Super Lux” – which I think might be all dinning, reserved seating, etc like iPic (Gold Class) – so the 6-screens makes sense for a high end luxury theater. I wish National had further developed The Bridge brand, although it probably didn’t make sense outside of urban areas – the Philly location was pretty awesome and ahead of its time.

danpetitpas on January 23, 2013 at 12:40 am

A short article on last September says Davio’s will open up a 250-seat Italian restaurant to be attached to the new National Amusements cinema at Chestnut Hill. There will be entrances both from the lobby and from outside. By the way, WS Development is rebuilding the mall. The company was behind Dedham’s Legacy Place, which also explains the partnership with National Amusements.

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on January 18, 2013 at 6:51 pm

From a quick drive-by, I’d guess June…?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 18, 2013 at 2:05 pm

Any indication of when the new replacement (National Amusements) cinema will open?

MrSmearkase on January 18, 2013 at 1:43 pm

This theatre officially closed on Thursday January 17, 2013.

chitchatjf on December 25, 2012 at 9:09 am

Nei8ther article officially said the AMC was going to close. I foresee it becoming an art house.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 22, 2012 at 9:05 am

That new National Amusements multiplex will be small by current standards — just 6 screens. It will be a ‘Cinema de Lux’.

CSWalczak on June 22, 2012 at 3:32 am

According to this article, this theater will be closed and a new theater to be operated by National Amusements will be built as part of the major renovations being made to the shopping center.

marco1 on October 26, 2011 at 10:16 am

I love this theatre, I try to go in once a week. It’s got character, love the popcorn and there isn’t any rif raf like the other larger theatres.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 22, 2011 at 6:52 am

The developer of the Chestnut Hill Shopping Center is talking about closing this theatre and building a new one in the recently-vacated Macy’s space: Chestnut Hill Shopping Center looks to add restaurants, new retail

taurisith on January 20, 2011 at 12:03 am

Hi – sorry to post after all this time, just found this and I must say… wow. I work at Chestnut Hill 5, in fact just wrapping up my projection training next week. These pictures are amazing – the place is barely recognizable today. Far from the days when it was cutting edge, we are one of the smaller cinemas in this market and the budget reflects the neglect the company pays us. As for the concession per capita average, you can’t even buy a small drink for $4, and that’s an interesting definition of “small” (sizes are actually “large”, “larger”, “small bathtub”). We still have most of the same Christie projectors – except for our one digital cinema. We have received 3 more digital screens and are awaiting installation, but best estimates put installation around May. We have such a small daily count the company doesn’t care about the dark lobby, aging equipment or second-hand films – today we got less than 100 people. But despite the extra work it takes to keep the old cinema in guest-worthy condition, I couldn’t think of a place I’d like to work more. My co-workers are great, I absolutely love the popcorn and most of all,the experience is one of a kind.

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on June 25, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Hey, it’s been a long time since anyone posted anything here! I think I should turn the replies notification back on.
Yes, the photos look like they came from an Annual Report.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 27, 2010 at 4:41 pm

KEN MC, It is a GCC theatre in you pictures,I can see the GCC logo.One i knew Quite well.

dave-bronx™ on April 25, 2010 at 10:40 pm

That candy stand is Chestnut Hill, not sure about the sign. I seem to remember that it had the “CINEMA” in red neon letters above the attraction board. When I saw it the theatre was still relatively new and only had 2 screens. Maybe they changed the signage after it was reconfigured into a 5-plex. “dwodeyla” will know, as he worked there at one time. We will await his opinion.

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on November 9, 2008 at 7:29 pm

Re: angling the seats with the split, the stadium style, with each row of seats backed up to the riser of the step behind, might have been the problem. We can agree on Joe Saunders though.

MPol on November 9, 2008 at 7:16 pm

The AMC Chestnut Hill Cinema doesn’t really stand a chance of becoming an arthouse, although it would be nice.

dave-bronx™ on November 9, 2008 at 3:54 pm

dwodeyla: When they the auditoriums they never re-arced the seats, do you know why, aside from the fact that Joe Saunders was a tightwad? Did they think nobody would notice? Everyone from Boston to Los Angeles noticed.

jcholmes on May 4, 2008 at 2:52 pm

The most prominent time was at your cinema for an interview, when I was trying to leave Hoyts and you had an open manager position (probably 96). We also met once or twice at TONE meetings.

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on May 3, 2008 at 10:54 pm

I’m still reading about the theatres, but not affiliated with the Chestnut Hill Cinema anymore. I managed it from 1986 until 1999. Refresh my memory, where did we meet?

jcholmes on May 3, 2008 at 8:44 pm


Are you still affiliated with this site? Curious as we have met several times in the mid 90’s. I was with Hoyts Cinemas at the time until shortly before their bankruptcy, when I went to National Amusements.