49 Hollis Street,
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Previously operated by: E.M. Loew's Theaters Inc.
Styles: Streamline Moderne
Built and operated by E. M. Loew’s Theatres, the Hollis Theatre opened in 1938 at 49 Hollis Street in downtown Framingham. It was one of 43 theates in the chain. The Hollis Theatre joined the St. George Theatre and Gorman Theatre in entertaining Framingham residents until the early-1950’s, when General Cinema built their first shopping center theatre in Shoppers World on the other side of town.
At that time, the glamorous new “Cinema” became the place to go for first run film. Relegated to playing subrun after the Cinema, and hurt by television, all three downtown theatres suffered and the Hollis Theatre closed in 1954.
The St. George Theatre and Gorman Theatre survived until the late-1960’s supported by throngs of kids who filled them up on the weekends to see AIP horror, and kiddie shows.
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