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The Theatre Comique in Scollay Square opened in 1906 as the first theatre in Boston built specifically to show films. Admission was 10 cents. A typical program lasted a half hour, and consisted of a movie and several “illustrated songs”, precursors to the “follow the bouncing ball” singalongs of later years.
A photograph of the theatre shows signs reading
FOR MAN WOMAN AND CHILD
NEW FEATURES WEEKLY
TO SEE IT ALL
ADMISSION: 10 CENTS
I don’t know how long the Theatre Comique survived, either as an operating theatre or as a building. The entire Scollay Square district, including all of its stage and movie theatres, was demolished in the early-1960’s to make way for Boston’s Government Center.
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