Pru Cinema

903 Boylston Street,
Boston, MA 02115

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Functions: Restaurant

Previous Names: Famous Classics Cinema

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1975 photo © and credit James Ricci.

The Pru Cinema, named for the Prudential Center across the street, showed “Deep Throat” for years, along with other adult films.

After the Pru Cinema closed in the late-1970’s, it briefly reopened as the Famous Classics Cinema, showing revivals. The Famous Classics lasted less than a year, and it was closed for good by 1979.

Contributed by Ron Newman

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 28, 2005 at 4:03 am

This Boston Phoenix article shows a photo of the Pru Cinema.

I got the address from this sidebar, which listed Boston’s movie theatres of 1971, and what happened to them.

bunnyman on June 28, 2005 at 10:59 am

Great work Ron, any idea about the Townhouse theatre mentioned on that list?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 28, 2005 at 11:03 am

No idea, never heard of it. That 84 Beacon Street address today belongs to the Bull & Finch (aka Cheers) !

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 28, 2005 at 11:42 am

Also, the 1971 list is not complete, as it does not include the State, Mayflower, Pilgrim, or West End. It also does not include the RKO Boston/Cinerama, but that might have been closed for subdivision by 1971. (And it doesn’t include the Cheri because that was still open in June 2001.)

DavidZornig on October 6, 2015 at 10:05 am

1973 photo added courtesy of the These Americans Facebook page.

DavidZornig on November 27, 2015 at 11:32 am

1975 photo added, © and credit James Ricci.

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