Center Theatre

690 Washington Street,
Boston, MA 02111

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DavidZornig on May 31, 2017 at 2:11 pm

Summer 1956 marquee photo added courtesy of the Dirty Old Boston Facebook page.

DavidZornig on November 27, 2015 at 9:42 pm

1969 photo added, photo credit Christopher C.

thestarofmyworld on July 1, 2015 at 12:55 pm

I’ll attempt to upload some of our photos of our memories (of the restaurant — not the theater). How live it must have been when it was a theater.

rivest266 on May 11, 2013 at 8:02 pm

February 11th, 1947 ad uploaded here.

sweetmel on May 20, 2012 at 6:09 am

I don’t remember seeing movies there even though I was told I did go with my family however, I have been the the resturant there and the house style rice is very good.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm

This theater had the distinction of being operated by both of the Loew theater circuits. As the Globe in the 1920s it was operated by Marcus Loew of NY. After WW II it became the flagship of the E.M. Loew circuit and the name was changed to Center Theatre.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 14, 2011 at 7:39 pm

In a 1918 Boston street directory this theatre, as “Loew’s Globe Theatre” is listed at 692 Washington Street.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 30, 2009 at 6:48 pm

Tinseltoes' photo of the old Globe in burlesque days is a good one! However, the date of it should be “circa-1945” not “1955”. By 1955 its burlesque days were over and it had been renamed the Center Theater and was under management of E.M. Loew.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 30, 2009 at 6:45 pm

High winds yesterday in Boston blew an ancient black iron shutter off of the rear stage wall of the former Center Theater yesterday, injuring a passerby down below on Knapp Street.

AdoraKiaOra on October 30, 2009 at 6:42 am

I’ll pop in next time I’m in town, camera in hand, thanks.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 29, 2009 at 5:38 pm

The cuisine there is typical of any large Asian restaurant. And it’s not that expensive.

AdoraKiaOra on October 28, 2009 at 10:56 pm

Is the food good enough to go in and see the auditorium?

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rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 23, 2009 at 7:41 pm

The old Globe Theatre was renamed Center Theatre on Feb. 18, 1947 according to Don King’s Boston theaters history book. It was purchased by E.M.Loew and remodeled.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 19, 2009 at 6:54 pm

I forgot to include in the above list of Marcus Loew theaters in Boston in 1921 a theater simply listed as “Loew’s Theatre” at 530 Dudley Street in Roxbury.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 14, 2009 at 8:20 pm

As pointed out above in a June 2005 posting, this theater was operated by Marcus Loew for awhile before eventually being taken over by “the other Loew”, E.M. In a 1921 list of Boston theaters from a Boston city directory, it is listed as Loew’s Globe Theatre, 692 Washington St. Other Marcus Loew houses at that time in Boston were the Orpheum at 413 Washington St., and the New Columbia Theatre at 980 Washington St. in the South End.

JackCoursey on October 6, 2009 at 3:39 am

More 2009 photos of the former Centre: 1, 2, 3

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rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 22, 2009 at 7:08 pm

Lost’s August 1973 photo shows that Chinese films were being shown at the Center, and that non-xxx films were at the Stuart. It looks like the marquee of the Pilgrim reads “Burlesk” but I’m not certain. Between the Stuart and the Center there was a large adult bookstore. By 1973 this area was at the height of its infamy as the “Combat Zone”, although it was peaceful during the daytime.

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rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 10, 2009 at 7:18 pm

In ken mc’s photo from August 1980, not only is this theater still open, but also the Pussycat next to it, as well as the Pilgrim up the street, plus the Publix across from the Pilgrim, plus even the former RKO Boston/Cinerama in the far background. A nice photo.

Ian on April 21, 2007 at 4:43 pm

To be fair these pictures did originally have the Century name. I was on holiday and did not spend a lot of time researching histories – I was told by people in the restaurant that it was called the Century.

Subsequent (internet) research has discredited that and I changed the titles.

If anyone knows better then please post …. !!!!

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rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 21, 2007 at 4:33 pm

The 2 photo links which Ian posted above have the correct names for this theatre: Globe, Center and Pagoda. It was never called the Century Theatre.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on March 17, 2007 at 9:14 pm

Are you sure this was ever called the Century? Everything I’ve seen says it was the Center.

Ian on March 17, 2007 at 7:17 pm

Two pictures of the Century here:–

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Interior (larger version of the picture above):-
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rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 8, 2006 at 4:36 pm

The MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for the Center Theatre has an exterior photo dated May 1941. The theatre was named the Globe at that time. When the photo was taken the theatre was presenting Burlesque shows on stage. Fairly large lit signs had been attached to the top of each side of the marquee reading “Glorified Burlesque”. The names of various performers were posted on the marquee itself, and from the bottom edges of the marquee were hung elaborate cloth banners reading “Glorified Traveling Burlesque”. I don’t know if they also presented movies between stage shows; I suspect that they probably did. The Report states that the Globe is on Burlesque; that it does not present MGM films; that it was built before 1910, and is in Fair condition; and has 1,457 seats.