Lexington Venue

1794 Massachusetts Avenue,
Lexington, MA 02420

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on April 17, 2012 at 8:27 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 17, 2012 at 8:19 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?

PopcornNRoses
PopcornNRoses on January 12, 2011 at 11:51 am

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

Fairly recent, since GREENBURG was playing…

PopcornNRoses
PopcornNRoses on January 12, 2011 at 11:49 am

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…

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 11, 2010 at 9:32 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.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 20, 2010 at 9:45 am

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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 13, 2010 at 10:58 am

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

MPol
MPol on December 13, 2008 at 4:34 pm

The Lexington Theatre was also a nice little theatre. Growing up in a town that abutted Lexington, this was yet another theatre that my sister and I would occasionally attend. However, it was small enough so that if people failed to arrive early enough, they’d end up getting shut out of the movie they’d wanted to see. I do remember seeing the movie “Saturday Night Fever” at that theatre, roughly 30 years ago when it first came out, and enjoying it.

br91975
br91975 on January 23, 2008 at 11:04 am

When a film adds screens during its initial release, it’s referred to as an expanded first-run or something of the sort. At least in the Boston area (with the Arlington Capitol, Studio Cinema in Belmont, and Lexington Flick – and, to a degree, the Somerville Theatre, now that the majority of films they show are double-booked with the AMC Harvard Square 5), some distributors are most likely allowing former second-run-only theatres to book their films first-run in order to generate better box office grosses.

nkwoodward
nkwoodward on January 23, 2008 at 9:53 am

I agree with you- I think the traditional “first run/second run” model probably still stands for major motion pictures which open on thousands of screens, then taper off over a few months. JUNO and ATONEMENT’s nationwide screen counts have been going up every week since they opened.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 22, 2008 at 4:58 am

The line between first- and second-run is getting very blurred lately. If a movie opens here a few weeks into its first run elsewhere (which I think is the case here), is that a first run or a second?

nkwoodward
nkwoodward on January 22, 2008 at 4:52 am

UPDATE: The Lexington Flick is currently showing FIRST-run movies, not second-run. This week it’s JUNO and ATONEMENT. Both are in the Top 10 box office this week.

Pwach
Pwach on January 16, 2008 at 4:09 pm

When it was a triplex it used to be sort of an art house (showing different films each day) mostly 2nd and 3rd run films. Have great memories going there as a kid.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 3, 2007 at 5:37 am

There is a MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for the Lexington Theatre with an exterior photo dated 1941. The building is most definitely the same structure as shown in the color photo above posted by Lost on Oct. 1, 2006. In 1941, the theatre had a small vertical blade sign above the entrance. Above the doors was a flat panel on which attractions were posted. The blade sign says “Viano’s Lexington” which means that it was run by the Vianno family who controlled the Somerville Theatre and others at that time. The Report says that the Lexington Theatre is on Mass. Ave. in Lexington, that there are no competing theatres there; that the theatre has been a MGM customer for 10 years; that it was built about 1915 and is in Good condition; and has 330 seats on the main floor and 120 balcony seats, total: 450 seats.

tBATTITE
tBATTITE on March 21, 2006 at 5:09 am

I was wondering if anybody knew when the Lexington Flick first opened?

OsusieQ1
OsusieQ1 on June 2, 2005 at 2:30 am

I used to work at the Natick Flick. “Route 9’s quality discount theater” as I used to say on the answering machine that gave the movies titles and times. It was the best time of my life. The owner, Andy, was an amazing boss and a great man. At the ripe old age of 15 I was the office manager and learned many of the skills I still hold dear today. I worked there until the summer before my freshman year in college. I moved to Michigan in the summer of 88 and when I came home and saw it was a drug store…I wanted to cry. But..life goes on. Andy..if you read this…HI!! Thanks for everything!
Sue (Kabler) Rowland

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 1, 2005 at 2:07 pm

It’s great to hear from you. Do you happen to know what the theatre’s original name was, before Sack owned it? Or when the main auditorium was split into separate upstairs and downstairs screens?

jbowen
jbowen on May 1, 2005 at 8:15 am

I ran this theatre for a few years in the late 80’s. It was one of the best theatres I’ve ever run in my 15+ year career. The third theatre was located in a separate building behind the main theatre. It was a bit of a pain to move a print intact through the small alleyway. The building is now known as the “Muzzey Mall” and contains a number of small retail shops.

dickdziadzio
dickdziadzio on April 20, 2005 at 10:00 am

I believe the third house was separate cinder block
structure built in back with a separate entrance.
The current existing Theatre was twinned upstairs/downstairs
with the original screen end intact, similiar to to Coolidge Corner
and Harvard Sq.

br91975
br91975 on November 30, 2004 at 5:50 am

I remember the Lexington Flick being a triplex through sometime around the late ‘80s – I think through the time it was a Loews property – but have no knowledge of what became of the third auditorium; perhaps it became retail?

RobertR
RobertR on November 30, 2004 at 5:22 am

Sometimes theatres put more then one number on the marquee for when they run split screens.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 30, 2004 at 5:05 am

The marquee in front suggests that it might have once been a 3-screen cinema. I don’t know where the third screen could have been, since the existing two are both quite small.

IanJudge
IanJudge on November 21, 2004 at 1:00 pm

My uncle owned the Westborough Flick ½, also known as the Ruth Gordon Cinema, on Route 9 in Westborough, but it was not affiliated with the other Flicks.

br91975
br91975 on November 20, 2004 at 8:23 pm

The ‘Flick’ people also owned a theatre that was part of the Sherwood Plaza strip mall on Route 9 in Natick. That particular venue closed in the summer of ‘89 with 'Field of Dreams’ as one of its final attractions – I recall a special mentioning of the Natick Flick’s closing within its listing in its Boston Globe Movie Clock listing at the time – and has since been converted to retail.