399 Chestnut Hill Avenue,
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Located in Brookline in the west of Boston. Given the impressive research and diligence on this site, the absence of the Circle Theatre is surprising. Now an unremarkable Showcase multiplex, in its heyday the single screen Circle Theatre rivaled the Charles Theatre as the best place to see a film in the Boston area and was, I believe, considered to be the crown jewel of the chain owned by Sumner Redstone.
The Circle Theatre was opened around 1940. It was operated by Paramount Pictures Inc. through their subsidiary Mullins & Pinansky. The facade 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 theater was twinned in 1976 and renamed Circle Cinemas (additional screens were added in 1965), the Circle Cinemas no longer played films exclusively.
It was closed by National Amusements Inc. on September 7, 2008. The building still stands in 2013, but could soon be demolished.
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