Mill Wharf Cinemas

1 Mill Wharf Plaza,
Scituate, MA 02066

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The Scituate Playhouse was an old big wooden theatre, beautiful inside with a sea-scape design. It was built in the late-1930’s with seating for 778. Before CinemaScope was intalled in 1954, it had a lighthouse on each side of the screen. The walls had hand painted floor to ceiling murals before the theatre was split into three in the 1970’s. It later gained a fourth screen.

The seats in front of the screen used to flood with a high tide and the harbor was right behind the screen. It was owned for many years by Lockwood & Gordon, then by Sonderling, followed by a couple of local chains. Torn down in 2003, it was replaced in 2004 by a huge condo complex and a new small twin movie theatre which was operated by Patriot Cinemas chain.

Patriot Cinemas at The Mill Wharf Plaza was reopened in summer of 2008 with “Shrek 2” and “Harry Potter 3”. Patriot Cinemas at The Mill Wharf Plaza was remodeled with the addition of stadium seating. It was taken over by South Shore Cinemas on January 1, 2011.

Contributed by ReelMovieInfo, Richard Smith

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 10, 2006 at 8:10 am

I believe that the old Scituate Playhouse was originally a 1920s-era summer theatre, later turned into a single-screen cinema which lasted for many years before being twinned and then quaded. The old building had developed structural problems by 2000, and it was closed. But, as pointed out above, it did unexpectedly reopen for the summer of 2001 for one last fling.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 12, 2007 at 11:20 am

The Quincy Patriot-Ledger of July 10 reported that a plaque will be placed in the lobby in memory of Brian Marshall who led the move to either preserve the old Scituate Playhouse or replace it with a new cinema. Marshall died suddenly in 2001 just minutes after he spoke at a meeting in Scituate Town Hall.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 4, 2009 at 11:04 am

The 1927 Film Daily Yearbook lists 2 movie venues for Scituate MA. One is the Idle Hour Theater with 400 seats and the other is the Satuit Playhouse with 600 seats, open for movies 2 days per week. I think that the Satuit Playhouse and the Scituate Playhouse are one in the same.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 20, 2010 at 10:44 am

The 1927 FDY also lists a movie theater in North Scituate, the Victoria Theatre with 300 seats; plus the Town Hall auditorium in Cohasset with 340 seats.

dick on November 23, 2010 at 3:55 pm

The Old Victoria theatre in N. Scituate still stands. It is noe the office for a painter, landscaper etc. It didn.t close until the 30’s after the Satuit Playhouse was built and opened with sound, The Victoria owner didn’t think sound would catch on so he kept his movies silent along with Millie Whorff on piano. I guess he was stubborn and lost and shut the theatre down.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on March 10, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Patriot Cinemas did not renew their lease on the Cameo in Weymouth and the Mill Wharf in Scituate. Bret and Michelle Hardy started a new company, South Shore Cinemas, to run these two theatres as of January 1. Today’s Globe South section has an article about them:

Cinematic revival: Couple’s love of movies inspired them to take over two-screen theaters

The Mill Wharf Cinemas' new website is: View link

brethardy on May 4, 2011 at 9:27 am

Thanks for posting the updates…yes, my wife and I are the new operators at the Mill Wharf Cinema. We ran the old Playhouse for the final two years of its existence, and we’re happy to be back. It’s a small, friendly, boutique-style, two-screen cinema. Thank you.

dickneeds111 on October 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm

Scituate is in Mass but there is one in R.I.. The old scituate playhouse was called the Satuit Playhouse after the original spelling of the town. The old theatre was big and pretty and owned originally by Lockwood/Gordon then Sonderling and then run by others including Hoyts. When it was to be closed it was taken over and run by The present operators Brett and his wife for a couple of years. It was then torn down and replaced with a new Condo complex upstairs and a twin cinema and ice cream shop downstairs. It was then run by Patriot Cinemas. Patriot cinemas vacated it and the Cameo theatre in Weymouth and they were once again operated by Brett and his wife. The theatres are modern and clean. One is small with about 90 seats and the other is about a 200 or less seater. Both have good size screens, stadium seating and stereo sound. Very comfortable and good Popcorn.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 27, 2011 at 1:18 am

Perhaps someone with a long memory will recognize the photo a lower right on this page of the January 8, 1938, issue of Boxoffice. It illustrates an article about rubber mats for theater entrances, and shows the outer lobby of the Satuit Playhouse.

dickneeds111 on September 29, 2014 at 4:55 pm

Please change your seat count to approx 200 cinema 1 and 75 in cinema 2.

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