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Located in Brookline in the west of Boston. The Circle Theatre was opened on October 12, 1940 with Ronald Colman in “Lucky Partners” & Pat O'Brien in “Flowing Gold”. It was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Mullins & Pinansky (M. & P. Theatres). The façade of the theatre sported two marquees, one on each side of the front of the building, although only the one on the right-hand side covered the entrance. Seating in the auditorium was provided in orchestra and balcony levels. Many films (a majority of which were Paramount releases) played the Circle Theatre exclusively in the 1960’s and 1970’s, including “Thoroughly Modern Millie”, “Rosemary’s Baby”, “Paint Your Wagon”, “Love Story” (which ran for 26 weeks), “Chinatown” and “Three Days of the Condor”. I remember the print advertisements for the Circle Theatre always included the name of the theatre using the same font as the logo for the film then playing there.
After the theatre was twinned in 1976 and renamed Circle Cinemas (additional screens were added in 1965). It became an unremarkable Showcase multiplex and the Circle Cinemas no longer played films exclusively.
It was closed by National Amusements Inc. on September 7, 2008. Demolition of the building began in January 2016.
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