Dudley Theatre

2202 Washington Street,
Roxbury, MA 02119

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

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Dudley Theatre, 1950

The Dudley Theatre was a large neighborhood movie house near the Dudley “el” station in the Roxbury section of Boston. Like most of the movie houses in Roxbury, it was run at one time by M & P Theatres, a Paramount affiliate.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm

The Dudley Th. was listed at 2202 Washington St. in a Boston Business Directory, Issue 85, which I think is 1921. Found it on Google Books.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 7, 2011 at 11:22 am

In the street directory section of the 1918 Boston Register and Business Directory, Issue 83, the Dudley Th. was listed at 2202 Washington Street, on the east side, with the Orienta Theatre at 2154 Wash. and the Roxbury Th. at 2174 Wash.

MarkB on April 26, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Standing at the Ferdinand Blue Store, the Dudley Theatre was a short way north on the right, opposite the start of Ruggles st. It’s a parking lot now.

MarkB on May 3, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Here’s the Dudley, 1931:

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 4, 2011 at 11:26 am

The Dudley Theater was a good deal larger than the nearby Roxbury Theatre which also shows on the 1931 map.

MarkB on March 23, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Added a photo. The movie on the marquee was released in 1950.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 24, 2013 at 10:15 am

Nice photo. In back, above the signs for Mores Shoes and Blairs, can be seen the back of the auditorium with “Dudley” painted on it.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 25, 2013 at 10:49 am

And above the “S” in “Mores” can be seen what looks like the M&P logo painted on the rear wall.

philoso2 on January 2, 2014 at 3:03 pm

I don’t remember the Dudley but I went there when it was the Roxie. Does anyone remember the Puritan that was at Northhampton station on Washington st ?It was the only theater that would not let you wear Bermuda shorts. Never knew why.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 4, 2014 at 11:00 am

philoso2- There is a Page here in Cinema Treasures for the Roxie, ex-Shawmut Theatre at 364 Blue Hill Ave; plus a Page for the Puritan Theatre which was on Washington St. just north of the intersection with Mass. Ave. (near Northampton MBTA el station). You can post your memories of these theaters on their Pages.

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