Brockton Theatre

184 Main Street,
Brockton, MA 02302

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Previously operated by: Paramount Pictures Inc.

Architects: Arthur H. Bowditch

Previous Names: Gordon's Olympia Theatre

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Brockton Theatre

Opened by 1923 as Gordon’s Olympia Theatre. By 1932 it had been renamed Brockton Theatre. It was operated by Mullins and Pinanski, a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures Inc. It was still open in the 1960’s.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 16, 2013 at 1:44 pm

The Theatre Historical Society archive in Illinois has the MGM Theatre Report for the Brockton Theatre. It was at 184 Main Street. It had 1,305 orchestra seats, 285 balcony seats and 102 seats in the loges; total: 1,692 seats. There is an exterior photo taken in July 1950, 9 years after most of the other Report photos were made. The theater entrance was at the left end of a large, long, 4-story commercial building with a rather ornate facade. There was a nice 1940s-style marquee with a vertical sign above. Looking at the Google streetviews of this area today, I don’t see that building. I suspect that “Brockton” was a new name for an existing older theater. The Brockton Theatre is not listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 16, 2013 at 2:09 pm

In the 1942-43 Motion Picture Almanac, the Brockton Theatre is listed under Paramount Theaters – Mullin & Pinanski. Also listed as a M&P house is the Rialto in Brockton which later became E.M. Loew’s Center Theater.

Will Dunklin
Will Dunklin on December 25, 2015 at 5:55 pm

The paper trail for the Hook and Hastings pipe organ which was removed from this theatre in the 1960’s implies that the theatre was originally named “Gordon’s Olympia.” The organ had been installed circa 1923.

ron1021 on January 18, 2018 at 6:33 pm

The Brockton Theatre was still opened in the 1960s. Upon entering there were beautiful brass railings. A very large concession stand and very nice balcony seating.

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