Janus Cinema

57 John F. Kennedy Street,
Cambridge, MA 02138

Unfavorite 7 people favorited this theater

The Janus Cinema

Viewing: Photo | Street View

A cinema in Cambridge not far from Harvard Square that was part of the Galeria (one “l” only) Mall. I believe it was called the Galeria Cinema for a time. It was closed by the end of the 1990s or thereabouts and converted to additional mall shops.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

Recent comments (view all 24 comments)

Lastdaysofrain
Lastdaysofrain on January 7, 2008 at 2:11 pm

I actually saw Austin Powers here during the last few days of the theatre’s life.

MPol
MPol on August 19, 2008 at 9:57 pm

I remember the Janus very well. I saw some good films there, and at one time, West Side Story was scheduled to be shown there. On the day that WSS was to be shown, I very excited got ready and ran down to the Janus, which was then only a ten minute walk from my house, because I was living in Cambridge back then, back in the 1980’s. When I got to the Janus, I saw a sign at the box office saying “West Side Story has been cancelled”. Disappointed at the film’s cancellation, and determined to find out what had caused the cancellation, I stayed and talked to the projectionists for awhile. It turned out that they’d gotten a copy of the film from a distributor that was located down in Dorchester, where the people who worked there were always stoned. It turned out that this distributor had sent the people who ran the Janus a copy of the wrong size print of WSS—and they showed me why—the print that they’d sent over from Dorchester was too big for the track in the projector’s reels, and the film would’ve been shredded if they’d tried to put a film of the wrong size in there and show it. While it certainly didn’t change the fact that I was disappointed in the cancellation of the West Side Story screening, finding out what went wrong made it easier for me to accept..and take it in stride.

I’m sorry to hear about the Janus’s closing. what a bummer.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on August 20, 2008 at 5:24 am

“wrong size print"
You mean they sent a 70mm print instead of 35mm one? I mean, what other possibilities are there?

MPol
MPol on August 30, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Yup. This:

“ You mean they sent a 70mm print instead of 35mm one?”

is absolutely correct, Gerald.

MrDJDude
MrDJDude on July 27, 2009 at 4:55 pm

I saw this building while I was in Harvard Square this weekend. The once-empty marquee frame has been used for a sign for Wagamama Nooodle Restaurant, located in the Galeria.

danpetitpas
danpetitpas on September 13, 2009 at 12:19 am

CinemaTour has three pictures here.

Wow. I haven’t thought of this theater in a long time. I went there once for something that wasn’t playing anywhere else, and I never went back. Hard to believe that a single-screen “theater” like this could have been profitable. The fact that it kept changing hands suggests each new owner thought they knew the secret.

raserman
raserman on April 9, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck used to work here.
View link

jmorong
jmorong on April 28, 2010 at 12:36 am

It’s true they did … and i have the time cards to prove it! My friend Ian (who runs the Somerville now) and I had the pleasure of gutting the Theater when it finally closed in 98/99? We were working at Loews Harvard Square on Church street (Loews was running both theaters) and found their time cards as we were cleaning out the office. I also managed to get a nice wall sign that still hangs in my apartment in Somerville. And boy how many horror stories we could tell about changing that marquee! A nightmare … but the $50 was a nice incentive.

jmorong
jmorong on April 28, 2010 at 12:36 am

It’s true they did … and i have the time cards to prove it! My friend Ian (who runs the Somerville now) and I had the pleasure of gutting the Theater when it finally closed in 98/99? We were working at Loews Harvard Square on Church street (Loews was running both theaters) and found their time cards as we were cleaning out the office. I also managed to get a nice wall sign that still hangs in my apartment in Somerville. And boy how many horror stories we could tell about changing that marquee! A nightmare … but the $50 was a nice incentive.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater