Stoneham Theatre

395 Main Street,
Stoneham, MA 02180

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Stoneham Theatre was originally built in 1917 as a venue for silent movies and vaudeville acts, and it became a popular entertainment spot for over 50 years.

In the early 1970s, as movie theater chains began to flood the market, Stoneham’s beloved independent moviehouse was closed. It remained vacant for nearly three decades until an ambitious two-year restoration transformed the theatre into a 350-seat, state-of-the-art performance venue. On December 1, 2000, it celebrated a Grand Re-Opening.

The Stoneham now hosts a regional theatre company, an Emerging Stages series of new works, a youth theatre company, and occasional concerts.

Contributed by Ron Newman

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K9Lotto
K9Lotto on April 9, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Hello again. I am sorry it took so long to add this information to the Internet for you. Here are some ads for the Stoneham Theatre from November 3, 1917 when it was first opened. I have also added information about two other Movie Houses that were operating in Stoneham, the Old Armory was the first to show movies in 1906. Then came the Central Theatre in 1916. Stoneham Theatre opened in 1917. In 1917 all three Movie Houses were showing movies.

I hope you enjoy this information.

Here is the web page: View link

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 14, 2009 at 7:34 pm

Thanks to Father Nature for setting up his on-line display. Lots of interesting stuff, especially the old ads.

Michelle66
Michelle66 on May 29, 2009 at 7:34 am

A few posts up, Theatre Projectionist could not remember what was in the former Caldor/Ames building at Redstone.

Before Caldor (and then Ames), the store there was Gilcrist’s (my mom worked there in the mid-70’s when they had their going-out-of-business sale).

fredosaurus
fredosaurus on January 16, 2010 at 7:08 pm

Great stuff from Father Nature and everybody! Here are some of my memories of the Stoneham Theater from the 1960’s:

The owner, Mr. Zaltman, was indeed a curmudgeon upon whom was bestowed the universally known moniker, “Oscar.” Naturally the theater was dubbed “Oscar’s Palace” and his wife, another grumpleton who ran the candy stand, was “OscarLady.”

During the movie Oscar would ceaselessly patrol up and down the aisles seeking out miscreants while clutching a flashlight in one hand and chomping on his ever-present cigar. It became a badge of honor to have him evict you from the premises, marching your proudly defiant butt up the aisle to the cheers of the assembled multitude.

Once local tv kid-show host, Major Mud (remember IBBY?) made a personal appearance there. My friend and I decided to intercept him to try and steal some private time with the Major. We stationed ourselves on our bikes in front of the narrow alley that runs from the front of the theater on Main St. to the backstage entrance. Sure enough, after awhile we see a guy coming up Main Street from the direction of the Gloucester Fish Market. He’s wearing a trenchcoat and a hat but below the coat his trademark green spacesuit with piping on the sides was a clear giveaway. As he approaches he becomes noticeably chagrined, realizing that these little snipes on sting rays are blocking his designated route to the theater. He mutters an obligatory greeting but clearly is not sharing our enthusiasm over the encounter. Meanwhile, down the alley, Oscar has appeared and is waving frantically for the Major to make his way to the back door — but we’re not moving. Finally, the Major, realizing the hopelessness of his situation, pleads to us: “Guys, can you give me a break? I’m just trying to make a living.” The day won, we let him pass.

4redstone
4redstone on March 11, 2010 at 6:47 pm

Thanks for the Redstone Pic Father Nature. Not at all as I remembered it.
The last movie I saw in the Redstone Theater was Men at Work. According to a friend, the last movie he saw there was Ghost. These were both 1990 movies and it took quite a while for movies to come to Redstone, so I’m quite sure the theater was open until then.
If memory serves, the theater sat in the back of the strip plaza on the Caldor/Woolworth side surrounded by parking lots. Behind it was a hill covered in overgrowth that rose up to the residential neighborhood where I grew up. We used to cut through some neighbors’ yards to the top of this hill, and down a path to the parking lot where the theater was. I remember when they demoed the theater to make way for Shaws. When we pulled the brush aside at the top of the hill where we could stand and look down on Redstone, pile of red cushioned seats that had been ripped out of the theater seemed to be as high as the hill we were standing on. Again, the picture of Redstone seemed almost foreign to me, so who knows how big the pile really was.
“Kick Buttowski â€" Suburban Daredevil” a Disney Cartoon created by a Stoneham native will reference Redstone this upcoming season.
As for the theater in the square, I grew up in Stoneham in the 80s, and until the renovation I do not recall a time when that theater was ever open.

DonLewis
DonLewis on June 21, 2010 at 4:22 am

From 1936 an image of the Stoneham Theatre in Stoneham Square.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on June 22, 2010 at 3:05 am

Great photo as always Don.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 13, 2010 at 7:49 pm

The Stoneham Theatre is listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook as having 700 seats and open 6 days per week. Also listed is a Strand Theatre with 375 seats, open 6 days per week.

MrDJDude
MrDJDude on December 15, 2010 at 3:50 pm

I have submitted a page for the Stoneham Cinema that was at Redstone Plaza; once it is active I will post a link here for people to follow.

MrDJDude
MrDJDude on December 15, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Anything concerning the Stoneham Cinema that was in Redstone Plaza should now go on this page:
/theaters/34522/

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