Copley Place Cinemas

100 Huntington Avenue,
Boston, MA 02116

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rivest266
rivest266 on May 11, 2013 at 11:40 am

This opened on February 17th, 1984. Its grand opening ad has been posted here.

telliott
telliott on August 2, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Having just been to Boston for the first time, I’m surprised that someone (Landmark, Angelika, Sundance) didn’t grab this site, gut it and reformat as a 5 or 6 screen complex, given it’s location by Prudential Center, Copley Place and all the hotels, restaurants etc in the area. Seems like the perfect location, right in the middle between the AMC Loews Boston Common and the Regal Fenway. If they had combined some of the cinemas and made them larger with larger screens, sound systems etc,this may have made a great little multiplex. Found it odd that this hadn’t happened given the location.

sweetmel
sweetmel on May 20, 2012 at 12:03 am

Yes, it was really small. I saw Napolian Dynamight there. I think it was one of the last movies they showed there.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 11, 2011 at 5:59 pm

this might have been posted,Could have missed it ,but “THE BOSTONIANS” with Christopher Reeve had the premiere here.It broke all house records at the time over the weekend.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 7, 2010 at 9:17 am

Several comments above mentioned the Institute of Contemporary Art, its temporary use of one screen at Copley Place, and the ICA’s old theatre on Boylston Street. In 2006, the ICA moved to a beautiful new building on Fan Pier, including a steeply raked theatre used for both live performances and movies. I’ve added it to CinemaTreasures, as the Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater at the ICA.

joeboden
joeboden on July 12, 2010 at 5:27 pm

I was an assistant manager at Copley Place back in 1988 (I also worked at the Nick from ‘87-'88 and was briefly an assistant manager there in '89). Sad to hear it had closed (I’ve been living overseas for years), even though it wasn’t much of a venue. We used to do most of the press and trade screenings in the city at the time… even had an armed guard there the day we had the press screening of “The Last Temptation of Christ”. Nicholas Cage also showed up for the premiere of “Vampire’s Kiss” during the BFF that year (we snuck him in through the back entrance from the parking garage).

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on April 21, 2010 at 3:49 pm

I remember when this opened when I was in law school. Typical 1980s cubbyhole shoebox auditoriums without much rake, plain seats, small screens, and not impressive sound.

chitchatjf
chitchatjf on April 21, 2010 at 9:32 am

A crappy cinema that showed good films.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 30, 2008 at 9:08 pm

It lasted 21 years — that’s reasonably long.

MPol
MPol on September 30, 2008 at 9:01 pm

The Sacks Copley Place Theatre had theatres that were rather like large TV rooms, with large-sized TV’s in them. I remember seeing “Shoah” and some other movies there, but it certainly didn’t last that long.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 23, 2008 at 7:43 am

My first visit here was on February 20, 1984 shortly after the place opened. I wrote that it was the ‘new’ Sack Copley Place and that I saw the “Where’s Boston?” slide show, Fellini’s And the Ship Sails On, and Diane Kurys' Entre Nous.

Maggard
Maggard on November 4, 2007 at 9:40 am

“BTW…Sack had the best company intro trailer… when the graphic “patron” sat in the seat and thus turned into the “S” of Sack Theaters… music, short and sweet… too cool.”

Wow – that DOES bring back memories!

I’m going to be doing a video series in a bar, on the site of one of the former Sack Theaters. That clip would be a magnificent way of opening the showings. Anyone know of a copy of the Sack trailer anywhere? I’ve hit YouTube & the like with no luck.

Please, if someone comes across it anywhere online post a link, I think a lot of folks would get a kick out of it.

michpc
michpc on March 2, 2007 at 8:27 am

When I saw the page for Copley Place, I realized that I had basically forgotten it ever existed. I’ve been working in the Prudential Center since August, and walking through Copley Place (which I had not done in many years) I almost forgot it was the same place where as a child I had seen a revival of Pinocchio with my aunt and eaten many times in the in food court with my parents. My how things have changed in this area since they built the shops here at the Prudential Center!

Tom10
Tom10 on January 15, 2007 at 5:16 pm

That’s an interesting article from the Herald, paticularly with regard to Boston being a gateway city for wealthy people from overseas. They consider U.S. prices a bargain. Anyway, it’s clear that the Copley Place Cinemas didn’t have a chance with Simon’s present strategy. And as the article also observed, Chilis' days are probably numbered as well.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 15, 2007 at 11:10 am

The mall is getting rid of everything that isn’t ridiculously upscale. See the article in today’s Herald.

A couple of the comments above mentioned Brentano’s bookstore, originally Lauriat’s, which was in the corridor leading to the cinema. The bookstore will close on January 26. Since Borders just opened a large new store a few blocks away, and Borders owns Brentano’s, this one had become redundant anyway.

dave-bronx™
dave-bronx™ on December 23, 2006 at 4:41 pm

Apparently the theatre was getting tired and unless it was always packed, Simon figured they would get more money for the space from Barneys, a high-end store. A mall usually gets percentage-rent: a percentage of the gross revenue plus a rental fee per square foot.

Tom10
Tom10 on December 23, 2006 at 4:35 pm

Ron: You’re right. It’s fairly recent. They own fifteen properties in Massachusetts, according to their web site.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 23, 2006 at 10:39 am

Simon owns Copley Place now, but I don’t think they owned it when it opened in 1984.

Tom10
Tom10 on December 23, 2006 at 10:34 am

I didn’t know Simon owned Copley Place. They also own the South Shore Plaza, among many others. I would have thought that having the theater would bring in more business for the retail stores and restaurants and extend the hours people would visit. In addition to the SS Plaza, I’m familiar with Palm Beach Mall in West Palm Beach, FL. also Simon-owned. Like C Place, both these shopping centers had movie theaters at one time, but no more. Maybe they don’t generate enough revenue to pay the rents Simon charges. In WPB, they demolished the theater, and the site remains a vacant lot at this writing. At SSP, they transformed the theater (the original GCC Braintree) into a retail store (Circuit City).

PopcornNRoses
PopcornNRoses on December 21, 2006 at 2:03 am

Say what you will about Copley Place, but my wife and I miss it. It was nice to be able to pop down from our jobs upstairs in the Copley Office towers and see a movie on one or two occasions before heading home. We saw movies that no one else in Boston was running – even the Kendall Square, where all the small and eclectic movies usually go – and the theaters weren’t great, but they were intimate and enjoyable. We saw Zatoichi there, and Kim saw Die Mommie Die there…where else could you see those in Boston?

The staff was also the friendliest of all the theaters in Boston that we’ve been to. You could even just drop into the Snack Bar when they were open and buy stuff – they didn’t mind you weren’t there to see a movie. A colleague of mine was always buying a huge bag of popcorn to have at her desk at work…

To replace it with a Barneys….YUCK!

Simon Malls and Loews made a big mistake when they canned the Copley theater…

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 9, 2006 at 3:42 am

Early in this discussion I mentioned the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA), which initially used one of the Copley Place Cinema screens.

Tomorrow, the ICA officially reopens to the public at its new home on Fan Pier. The new ICA includes a 325-seat ‘Barbara Lee Family Foundation Theater’ that will present both films and live performances.

ICA Film Programs
ICA Performance series, which includes several silent films accompanied by the Alloy Orchestra

Once it’s open for a while, we should create a new CinemaTreasures page for this new theatre.

ErikH
ErikH on February 2, 2006 at 5:59 am

The above comments about A. Alan Friedberg and the failure to maintain the Sack theaters remind me of the screening of “Dances With Wolves” that I attended in the large auditorium of the increasingly rundown Charles complex. A. Alan was seated a few seats in front of me at that screening, and I came close to telling him how disappointed I was to see the best auditorium in the city in such shoddy shape.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 2, 2006 at 2:27 am

According to today’s Boston Globe, Barneys New York will open on March 12 in the former location of the Copley Place cinemas.

Roark
Roark on December 12, 2005 at 7:23 pm

Actually the 61" big screen TV “DOES” replace most of the screens at the Copley Place Theaters. Kind of my whole rant that is turning into a novel on this page…. sorry about that. But someone has to recognize and point out the cancer that is eating away a great heritage.