Broadway Theatre

420 Broadway,
Chelsea, MA 02150

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Previously operated by: M & P Theaters, Paramount Pictures Inc., Publix

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Broadway Theatre

Single screen neighborhood theatre opened in 1916/1917 and closed in 1950. The Broadway Theatre was torn down by 1955 and land re-used as a pedestrian walkway and municipal parking lot.

Contributed by Edward Findlay

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EdwardFindlay on April 6, 2011 at 5:19 am

Photos from shortly after closure, 1940, and 1938 shown here:

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 6, 2011 at 10:58 am

The Broadway Theater is listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook as having over 1000 seats and open 7 days per week.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 6, 2011 at 11:13 am

The Broadway in Chelsea is listed in the 1942-43 Motion Picture Yearbook as part of M&P Theatres, 60 Scollay Square Boston. M&P, Mullin & Pinanski, a Paramount affiliate, also ran the Olympia Theatre in Chelsea.

EdwardFindlay on April 8, 2011 at 8:31 pm

1955 aerial view shows the theatre demolished… View link

EdwardFindlay on April 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm

link shows another location but type in the location of the theatre and click on the 1955 aerial map and it shows it already demolished and in use as a parking lot…

Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois
Ret. AKC (NAC) CCC Bob Jensen, Manteno, Illinois on April 9, 2011 at 2:17 pm

Open ~1916/1917-~1955? Can anyone verify the exact dates?


1930 Publix Theatres Corp.

1935-1945 M&P Theatres, Mullins and Pinaski, (Paramount Affiliate)

1950-1955 New England Theatres, Inc., (Affillated with American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.) of Boston, Chester L. Stoddard, President. They had 8 theaters in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

More info and more photos always welcome.

EdwardFindlay on April 16, 2011 at 10:09 am

May have been owned until 1955 but it was closed as a theatre around 1950.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 4, 2013 at 11:31 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive in Illinois has the MGM Theatre Report for the Broadway Theatre. Listed at 420 Broadway; it was Closed at the time. It had 804 orchestra seats and 386 balcony seats, total: 1,190. There is an exterior photo take April 1941. The theater had a fancy marquee which read “Closed – Visit the Olympia”.

DavidZornig on February 15, 2019 at 5:50 pm

Early `50s photo added via Edward Sunjunkuru Lynch‎. Already closed and advertising the Olympia Theatre. Possibly the same image from the now dead 2011 link.

EdFindlay on June 27, 2019 at 7:39 am

photo from Mr. Lynch is the same photo in the dead link, taken in 1950.

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