Loews Natick Cinema

1398 Worcester Road,
Natick, MA 01760

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Previously operated by: Loews, Sack Theatres, Sony Theatres, USA Cinemas

Architects: Sidney Schenker

Previous Names: Sack Cinemas Natick 1-6

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Originally a single screen, 1,623-seat Loews theater opened December 25, 1968 with David Niven in “The Impossible Years”. The theater was sold to Sack Cinemas on and on June 27, 1973 they twinned the spacious main auditorium. In 1979 they added two additional screens to the main auditorium and later added two additional screens on the other side of the lobby. This six screen complex became part of the USA Cinemas chain on January 17, 1986 and on March 27 1989 it became part of Loews again. It became a Sony theatre from December 1, 1994 until it closed in 1996. Again operated by Loews it closed in 2004 when the Natick complex became increasingly rundown and ultimately could not compete with the far larger General Cinema (now AMC) multiplex across Route 9 in Framingham, MA. It was demolished in early-2004.

Contributed by Erik Hestnes

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ErikH on September 7, 2009 at 1:21 pm

During the early 1970s the Loews/Sack Natick probably had its share of simultaneous engagements with Boston first-run houses (it wasn’t unusual for B pictures or Disney releases to open day-and-date in Boston and the top suburban cinemas), but “The Way We Were” wasn’t one of them. “The Way We Were” had an exclusive run at the Circle in Brookline during the fall of 1973, which is where I saw it. “The Way We Were” wasn’t a Christmas release; IMDB states that the film opened in October 1973.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Mister X we can all relate,boy can we.LOL.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 25, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Mister X we can all relate,boy can we.LOL.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on September 22, 2012 at 5:10 pm

The entry for architect Sydney Schenker in the 1970 edition of the AIA’s American Architects Directory lists the Loew’s Theatre in Natick as one of his projects.

50sSNIPES on January 29, 2023 at 2:46 pm

The Loews opened with David Niven in “The Impossible Years” when it opened on Christmas Day 1968 with an original capacity of 1,623 seats. Sack took over the theater in 1973, and then it was twinned in Late 1975 as the “Sack Natick 1-2”. Four more screens were added in 1979 bringing a total to 6 screens as the “Sack Natick 1-6”.

On January 17, 1986, USA Cinemas took over operations of the theater from Sack, and on March 27, 1989, Loews returned back to Natick and became a Loews theater once again. Sony Theatres took over the theater from December 1, 1994 until 1996.

The theater closed for the final time in mid-January 2004.

ErikH on January 30, 2023 at 3:39 am

The twinning of the original single screen occurred in the same year that Sack took over from Loews and not in late 1975. The twin opened on June 27, 1973. The initial attractions were polar opposites: “Last Tango in Paris” in one auditorium and the reissue of “The Sound of Music” in the other. Source: The Boston Globe.

50sSNIPES on January 30, 2023 at 5:42 am

Oh, now I see it! Thanks for correcting me ErikH!

movie4848 on August 11, 2023 at 7:34 pm

This was a weird theatre. One could see glimpses of what at one time was a huge single screen theatre that got half ass divided four ways, downstairs cut in half and balcony cut in half. And the 2 add on theatres to the left were truly UGLY shoe boxes with horrible sight lines. The old General Cinema 6 plex at Shoppers World/Framingham across the street a bit was so much classier.

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