Egleston Theatre

3091 Washington Street,
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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Previously operated by: M & P Theaters

Firms: Densmore, LeClear and Robbins

Previous Names: Egleston Square Theatre

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Egleston Theatre, 1939

The Egleston Theatre was located in the Egleston Square neighborhood of Jamaica Plain, a section of Boston. (In some theatre lists, it is said to be in nearby Roxbury.) It was operated at one time by M & P Theatres, an affiliate of Paramount. It was near the Egleston station on the elevated railway between Dudley and Forest Hills.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on February 14, 2008 at 6:40 pm

This theatre was demolished in 2003.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 14, 2008 at 6:44 pm

What is being built in its place?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 14, 2008 at 7:01 pm

From the Jamica Plain Historical Society:

3089 – 3091 Washington Street at Beethoven Street
Egleston Theater
Littlefield Trust, owner.
Densmore, LeClear and Robbins, architect.
Theater and stores.
Permit Feb. 26, 1925.
Completed May 1, 1926.
New box office and poster cases built in 1937 and a new marquee was built
in 1947. Closed in April,1961.

On the site of the wood frame Egleston Methodist Episcopal Church dedicated on June 13,1872.
Densmore. LeClear and Robbins were involved at the same time with their design of Beth Israel Hospital on Brookline Avenue.

Razed in July and August, 2003 to make way for 20 units of affordable rental housing developed by Urban Edge. Icon Architects, designer.

MarkB on November 22, 2008 at 4:01 pm

The theatre was on Washington street on the north corner of Beethoven street. Today, there is a single-floor retail block on Washington street, and multi-level housing to the rear along Beethoven street.

MarkB on November 25, 2008 at 12:36 pm

Here is a link to a 1924 map showing the exact location of the Egleston Theatre:

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 26, 2008 at 10:55 am

MarkB – thanks for posting the link to this map. I didn’t realize that the Egleston Th. was on the west side of Washington St., somehow I was given the impression that it was on the east side of the street right near Egleston Sq. No wonder I couldn’t seem to spot it from the el train overhead – I was looking on the wrong side! Well, Duh !

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm

The JP HIstorical Society info, posted above, says that the Egleston Theatre dates from 1926. Yet MarkB found it on a 1924 map. It’s listed as “The Egleston Theatre”, at 3093 Washington St. in the Boston Register and Business Directory, Issue 83, 1918; and in the same directory, Issue 85, 1921.

MarkB on November 21, 2011 at 2:55 pm

I just learned from someone who would know that the Egleston closed in 1961.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 22, 2011 at 10:26 am

That info agrees with the JP Historical Society info posted above which says it closed in April 1961.

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