Cinema I & II

1277 Broadway,
Saugus, MA 01906

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Additional Info

Previously operated by: General Cinema Corp.

Architects: William C. Riseman

Firms: William Riseman Associates

Previous Names: Cinema

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1980 photo via Larry Greenstein.

The Cinema opened June 23, 1965 with Jerry Lewis in “The Family Jewels”. Designed in an early-1960’s contemporary architecture style which followed General Cinemas corporate architecture. It was initially a 1,200-seat single screen theatre. It was later twinned, and was closed in 1985.

Situated as satellite to large shopping plaza in near-northern suburb of Boston, MA.

Contributed by Mike Mynahan

Recent comments (view all 9 comments)

matkat07 on June 7, 2008 at 1:23 pm

General Cinemas Saugus was loctaed what was then called New England Shopping Center. It was located about where Dicks sporting goods is.
It only had 2 screens, Cinema I & II View link
I think it closed sometime after 1985, new mall opened fall of 1994

Morpho on December 19, 2008 at 9:55 am

I’ve searched high and low for a picture of this theater. I spent way too many hours there and would love an image from the 70’s if possible. Any recommendations?

PNRNetworks on January 17, 2013 at 9:38 am

According to my wife, who spent a lot of her time here in her teen and tweens, the last movie to show here was “A View To A Kill”, so that puts the closing date somewhere in the summer of 1985, I believe…

rivest266 on May 12, 2013 at 6:10 am

This cinema and the Showcase cinemas in Lawrence both opened on June 23rd, 1965.

videonitekatt on May 21, 2013 at 11:16 pm

I found it interesting that after the Showcase Revere 10 (later 12 and later even more!) opened in 1982, this theater – just about 3 miles way was showing almost all 20th Century Fox films. RETURN OF THE JEDI played here – saw it twice. It was closed by early 1985.

DENNISMAHANEY1 on December 11, 2015 at 1:41 pm

I was an asst. manager when it was a single 1200 seats well run theater and with no problems this was in mid 1960’s

DavidZornig on November 4, 2017 at 7:56 pm

1980 photo added via Larry Greenstein. marquee on far right.

da_Bunnyman on March 8, 2018 at 6:48 pm

Before being rebuilt into the 2 floor mall the Hew England Shopping Center in Saugus had kind of a weird setup. Looking in from highway there was the parking lot and a big Sears on the left and then there were sort of 2 strip malls slanted like a “V” but not meeting to complete the letter. Between the strip buildings was a concrete walkway which led to another parking lot. This was the lot for the theater which was not visible from the highway.

AllistairCookie on July 8, 2021 at 6:52 pm

da_bunnyman… Yes, that’s how I remember it as well. When driving past on Route 1, you could see the cinema through the break in between the two strip malls where they should have met a right angle. I recall it being a fairly big side building, with tall plate glass windows and a chandeliers in the lobby.

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