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I saw Rocky Horror Picture Show and Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke here in the late 1970s. At that time there was a Jack in the Box in front of it by Route 9. It was a pretty nondescript place with an obscure back entrance/exit that led into an industrial park.
I too remember Earthquake and the brief SenSurround phenomenon. I believe it was used in another movie here, one that involved a guy blowing up rollercoasters.
The tearing down of Shoppers World (especially considering what relaced it) was truly one of the sad days for the Golden Mile.
I too saw Blue Velvet at the Nick, along with Betty Blue and a host of other independent and foreign films. I also saw Naked Gun there with director David Zucker on hand to introduce the movie and take questions afterward. Inside it was a typical multiplex, with small screens, but it was the programming that made it stand out: perfect for a college kid who needed a place to go on a date. It was the Nick or the Brattle or the Sack’s Theater near the Prudential Center for me. On a side note, Cummington in front of the Nick was about the only street that had no meters and no resident parking. I left my car there for about two months before I had to grudgingly give up the space. Sad that current and future BU students won’t have the Nickelodeon to enjoy.