AMC Braintree 10

121 Grandview Road,
Braintree, MA 02184

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BobSchlapowitz
BobSchlapowitz on September 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm

I’m glad you enjoyed that photo. I wish I could remember which site I find it on.

My movie childhood was divided between the old version of theater, Quincy Center, and Showcase Dedham.

Films I remember seeing at the Braintree GC:

Return of the Jedi
Ghostbusters
Three Men and a Baby
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Dick Tracy
Home Alone
The Rocketeer

bob550
bob550 on September 20, 2013 at 1:48 pm

I recently came upon this website and just had to comment. I have very special memories of the original South Shore Plaza Cinema. It not only was my very first job while in high school, but I helped open the theater as a member of the first team of ushers in the fall of 1966! I can remember following the theater’s assistant manager (Gerald Mahaney?) out to his car where he had all the paperwork I needed to complete. The inside of the theater wasn’t even completed yet. As I recall, the manager’s name was Larry Gleason. I also worked for Izzy Strier during his tenure as the manager there in 1967. I can remember him letting me use his 1965 or 66 Mustang fastback to run an errand to another cinema for him. Now that was trust, letting a 17 year old kid drive your car! I still have fond memories of the odor of the freshly made popcorn we made there. Of course, I had to “test” it to ensure it was just right. I want to thank a previous poster, Bob Schlapowitz, for the photo of the lobby. Wow, does that bring back some great memories! It’s like finding the Holy Grail of my youth. I now wish I saved my original uniform: Orange suit jacket, black tuxedo pants, white shirt, and black bow tie. Thanks for the opportunity to contribute, and for the wonderful memories!

fred1
fred1 on January 10, 2013 at 3:06 pm

Ron, The same renovations happen to AMC Fresh Meadows 7 in Queens NY .

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 10, 2013 at 1:52 pm

An article in the print edition of the Quincy Patriot Ledger, January 9 2013, states that the Braintree License Board has given permission to the AMC Braintree 10 to present midnight screenings on Thursdays, Fridays and Sats. But the shows must end by 230AM, otherwise additional permit will be needed. The article states that the cinema has been undergoing renovations which will reduce the total seating capacity from over 2,000 to 974 seats. Expensive leather seats are being installed which can be reclined, so if the movie is boring, you can sleep. Sound and projection systems are also being updated. The work is being performed with the cinema open.

dickneeds111
dickneeds111 on May 22, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Never been to the AMC cinema 10. Went to the old South Shore cinema several times. Saw Star Wars 5-6 there. Also saw Midway and Rollercoaster in Sensurround there. One of the few Boston areas to run Sensurround. Shoppers World was 1st and then the Saxon Downtown later. Living in Scituate most of my movie going was at the Scituate Playhouse under Lockwood and Gordon. Scituate was a beautiful 1930’s theatre which was kept up and always clean until L&G sold to Sonderling who the triplexed it which was not bad and then they made it a quad and let it deterioate. Then Hoyts took over and made it worse. Richard Smith(General Cinema boss)was the manager when I moved there and the wonderful Bud King replaced him and was there till it closed the 1st time. The theatre is gone and has been replaced by a very comfortable twin under South Shore Cinemas along with the Cameo in S. Weymouth. Also gone are the Marshfield Drive In, thee Marshfield twin. The Pembroke 4 and the Avon drive in.

Marcel
Marcel on July 13, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Great photo Bob! I’m posting one of the front of the theatre from 1988.

BobSchlapowitz
BobSchlapowitz on September 3, 2010 at 12:30 am

Here’s a photo of the lobby of the old Braintree South Shore Plaza Cinema. The Saturday Night Fever standee makes me think it’s from 1977.

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Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 15, 2010 at 8:37 pm

I enjoyed my times at GCC.they worked the crap out of managers and that salary certainly never covered the long hours,but i think most of us never did it for the money.

BobSchlapowitz
BobSchlapowitz on March 15, 2010 at 8:23 pm

Tom, I was at this theater a week ago, and didn’t see the THX sign outside Cinema 6. But they are still listed on the THX website.

ps2phreek
ps2phreek on December 21, 2009 at 5:12 pm

They still have the Vic 8 there for 70mm but if I remember correctly the 70mm parts have been mostly stripped off and it is used exclusively for 35mm.

Braintree also recently installed their Sony 4K SXRD projector in Cinema 2. They can no longer show 35mm in that house. Currently they’re showing Avatar in 3D in that particular house.

tmundell
tmundell on October 6, 2009 at 2:31 pm

Screens 5 and 6 are the two largest (screens 1-5 are mirror images of 6-10 size wise); I’m guessing the screen is something like 45 feet wide. Screen 5 used to have 70mm capability I think; no idea if it’s still there. Not sure it matters though, I can’t imagine them ever using it again.

No THX? according to the THX website both 5 and 6 are still THX certified; last time I was there (been a year or so now though) the THX sign was still up outside both rooms.

CinemarkFan
CinemarkFan on September 9, 2009 at 4:27 pm

Can anyone tell me the screen size of the largest auditorium? And does the said auditorium still have a 35/70 projector? I’m curious.

joen05
joen05 on June 4, 2009 at 1:18 am

John Allen is here re-certifying our HPS 4000 houses right now! It’s awesome to see him do his work… he really knows his stuff. Houses 2,3,and 7 should sound superb once he is done. Still no THX in 5 or 6, but it’s always been the HPS 4000 for sound while I’ve been here. It’s just incredible.

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on November 14, 2008 at 7:58 pm

I never met him, because Fred Tomeo was the Manager at the Drive In when I managed the Cinema. The name is familiar though, and I believe his daughter was an Assistant Manager at the Natick Drive In.

TMK34
TMK34 on November 14, 2008 at 2:37 pm

Does anyone from GCC remember Mgr. Wendal Clemment (1960’s-1970’s)?
He started as a Manager/owner?? at South Shore Plaza Twin Drive-In, on Forbes Rd.Braintree, Ma and then went to GCC in Braintree (Plaza) next to the howard Johnson’s resturant on Granite St., Braintree, MA which is now the big AMC on Grandview Rd. Braintree.

mistertopps
mistertopps on June 12, 2007 at 6:33 pm

In the early and mid-90’s I remember driving extra lengths to go to this theatre. They were one of the few theatres in the area to have those special strobe lights installed for the Twister and Lost World trailers. When they went off I had no idea what was happening— boy was it effective! They also sold taco bell at the concession stand which was extra awesome back then. Sad to hear that it’s gotten worse…

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on May 21, 2006 at 1:18 am

…oh, man –
You’re right about Izzy – when Chestnut Hill was being prepared to open, even the managers in Cleveland were betting they would give it to Izzy –
There were also the endless mentions about his promotions in the ‘Brass Ring Awards’ those blue sheets that came out monthly – or quarterly – I can’t remember exactly.
Did he retire when AMC took over, or before? Was his last theatre the old Framingham or the new one?

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on May 20, 2006 at 8:24 pm

Braintree’s finest manager passed away this week, Izzy Strier, who managed the theatre in the South Shore Plaza from 1966 until 1975 was a legend in the town. Here are my comments regarding his career:
Izzy was a legend, admired by everyone, including every theatre manager who worked for GCC. Over the years, whenever a manager came to Boston for a meeting, and whenever managers traveled to other cities, everyone wanted to meet “Izzy”. He began his career working for Ben Sack at several Boston theatres, including the Music Hall during their busiest years, with films like Goldfinger selling thousands of tickets a day. He helped open the Cheri, then was lured over to GCC by Mel Wintman and Richard Smith to help them open their newest theatre, the Northshore Peabody Cinema in 1963. In 1966, General Cinema wanted their best to open the Cinema being planned for the South Shore Plaza in Braintree. Izzy went, and became a legend. When he left Braintree in 1976, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts declared the day “Izzy Strier Day” and a grand dinner was held in his honor at the Jordan Marsh Restaurant in the South Shore Plaza. Many will remember his promotions, and relationships with Town Clerk Bob Brunell, as well as many merchants and government officials. When General Cinema wanted their best manager to open the new Home Office Theatre at Chestnut Hill in 1975, they picked Izzy. He managed that one until 1986, when they wanted him to handle one of their top ten theatres in Framingham. From being their top salesman in VIP tickets, to number one Concessions Manager, to Manager of the Year, Izzy was the manager that everyone wanted to be like. But nobody ever came close.
Hundreds, maybe thousands of kids grew up working for Izzy at those theatres, and will never forget what was usually their first job. Izzy would say “please do me a BIG favor” and everyone wanted to help him do whatever it took. And he made everyone who worked for him, proud of their theatre.

ggates
ggates on November 10, 2005 at 5:09 pm

[quote]With Six You Get Eggroll premiered at 3 General Cinemas on the same day, Braintree, Peabody, and Framingham, with a helicopter taking Barbara Hershey, et al to each location. When they arrived in the parking lot at Framingham, there was a High School band playing to greet them. Probably the same kind of local things happened at each location. There was even a Boston Record American with an extra front page wrap announcing the event, handed out at each theatre.[quote] Correction, the Premiere festivities were also held at the Loews Orpheum in downtown Boston. (I finally found my copy of the Herald for that day)

Tom10
Tom10 on October 9, 2005 at 9:47 am

dwodeyla: No, not related to John Norton. We became friends when I called the Home Office in Chestnut Hill with a technical question about Dolby. He must have talked to me for twenty minutes with all sorts of information. We’d chat from time to time, and had lunch at Legal Seafood nearby. Through him, I became a theater checker. I might have been the checker during your last year at the Braintree GC at the original Plaza site. Anyway, they changed the checker program, and I was dropped. Later, I got bogged down with family matters and lost touch with John. He was very knowledgable, and I truly enjoyed learning technical aspects of cinema with him. He chose HPS-4000 speaker systems for several auditoriums in the GC chain. They have superb clarity, particularly in the mid-range. I think the current AMC Braintree Cinema still has them in one auditorium (at least they looked like the same configuration—cinema 3 on the left in the SE corner). When I asked the current AMC manager, he didn’t know. The THX designations for the two, big auditoriums are gone, as well as the Kodak image quality designations. John Norton had the highest professional standards. I’m sure he was the key reason why GC had such high presentation quality. I wish him all the best in his current endeavors. tn

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on October 6, 2005 at 6:40 am

To Tom N., John Norton was Technical Services Director, in the Home Office. Are you his son?

Tom10
Tom10 on October 6, 2005 at 5:07 am

dwodeyla: when I find the slides, I’ll be glad to scan them and send them. DaVia: The design of the first Braintree General Cinema your Dad did was quite handsome, a rather classic modernist theater building of the day. The lobby was about two stories high and had floor to ceiling windows on the west elevation which was the front of the building. In the late afternoon, the sun streamed into the lobby. Please give your Dad my best. Perhaps he knew John Norton at GCC headquarters. That theater was a real part of my youth, myself being one of the first mall rats at So.Shore Plaza, and I saw many films there. tn

daviapc
daviapc on September 29, 2005 at 11:32 am

As mentioned by dwodeyla, The original Braintree was the South Shore Cinema, built in 1966. The architect and general contractor for the project was William Riseman and Associates, Architects, Boston, MA who designed most of the General Cinema Theaters in the east. Their designs were often duplicated and site adapted throughout the country. My father was the principal assoc architect with the firm from it’s formation in the early forties. My father is 92 and lives in Wrentham, MA.

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on September 7, 2005 at 5:25 am

I’d love to see scans of your slides, I managed the old theatre in the South Shore Plaza from 1975-77 and again 1983-1986. I have a few black and white photos, not much.

Tom10
Tom10 on September 7, 2005 at 5:16 am

dwodeyla: Yes, the listings should be made. Somewhere, in my piles of architecture stuff, I have some slides I took of the GCC Braintree theater, the one that’s a Circuit City now. I know some people at the Braintree Historical Society who might have a photo of the Braintree Theater in Braintree Square. bigred: I noticed when AMC took over the Braintree GCC that the quality of the place declined.