Lexington Venue

1794 Massachusetts Avenue,
Lexington, MA 02420

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Lexington Venue

A small, homey two-screen theater right in the center of Lexington, showing second runs with some preference for art films.

It’s nothing special architecturally, but it’s one of the very few suburban town center cinemas still operating in this part of the country, and a pleasant place to visit.

There used to be a small chain of other “Flick” theaters in nearby towns (Lowell, Littleton, Billerica), but this is the only one still open.

Before it was a “Flick”, it spent several years as part of the Sack Theatres – USACinemas – Loews chain, also as a ‘quality’ second-run house. Since January 2009, under new ownership, it has been renamed Lexington Venue screening first run movies.

Contributed by Ron Newman

Recent comments (view all 27 comments)

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 13, 2010 at 1:58 pm

What was this theatre called when it was a LOEWS house?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 20, 2010 at 12:45 pm

It was just listed as ‘Lexington’ in Loews (and before that, USACinemas and Sack) advertisements.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 11, 2010 at 11:32 am

The Lexington Th. is listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook as having 500 seats. It’s the only movie theater listed for Lexington MA.

PopcornNRoses
PopcornNRoses on January 12, 2011 at 1:49 pm

There are some recent photos on this website: View link

Does anyone know if they have a website? If they don’t they’re the only theatre in the Metro Boston area that does NOT have one…

PopcornNRoses
PopcornNRoses on January 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm

There’s a larger, even better photograph over at View link

Fairly recent, since GREENBURG was playing…

dickneeds111
dickneeds111 on April 17, 2012 at 11:19 am

The Lexington Venue is mostly a FIRST RUN theatre. It runs day and date with Landmark in Cambridge,Lowes Harvard Square, Landmark Waltham, Hollywood, Danvers and some of the other Art/Independant theatres in the area. It does not book first run blockbusters like Avatar and the like. We have many independant single or twin theatres in the Boston area. Some new and some old 1930’s houses like the Cameo in S. Weymouth(1st run) The Loring in Hingham(Art/Independant) house, The West Newton in W. Newton. The Milkl Wharf cinema in Scituate, The Capitol in Arlington and the Somerville in Somerville plus many more in other areas. This may not be the case by the end of 2013 because of the demise of film and complete advent of Digital. This is a shame because not too many independant operators can afford the 50 -75 thouand dollars to convert each screen to digital. What a pity. The movie companies are forcing thousands of small operators to wave a white flag and abandon there operations. I don’t know what can be done to stop this. Any one have any solutions or ideas?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on April 17, 2012 at 11:27 am

The Capitol and Somerville are both converting to digital (while retaining the ability to project 35mm), but I don’t know what’s happening with the Lexington Venue and the other theatres you listed here.

dickneeds111
dickneeds111 on April 18, 2015 at 10:21 am

Ron.
Luckily the note I listed theatres on above is still good. All of the theatres I listed are still active and have been converted to digital.The only theatre I know that has shut down recently is the Studio in Belmont. They are trying to raise money to convert and reopen. Good luck.

rivest266
rivest266 on July 25, 2018 at 2:05 pm

Some info. The 2nd screen opened on September 29th, 1973 as the Mews Art cinema. Its entrance was at 10 Muzzy. In 1974 the Muzzy entrance was renamed The Flick. On November 15th, 1974 it became the Lexington Cinema 1 & 2 with the 3rd screen opening in 1981. Closed in 1989 and reopened on June 1st, 1990 as the Lexington Flick with two screens.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on July 25, 2018 at 2:10 pm

Along with the Capitol in Arlington, the Somerville Theatre, the Coolidge Corner in Brookline, and the IMAX screens at the Aquarium and Jordan’s Furniture, this is one of the very few theatres that continue to advertise in the Boston Globe Movie Directory.

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