AMC Chestnut Hill 5

27 Boylston Street,
Chestnut Hill, MA 02167

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Previously operated by: AMC Theatres, General Cinema Corp.

Previous Names: Chestnut Hill Cinema

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General Cinema Corporation

Originally a two-screen theatre, this was opened as General Cinemas flagship house on December 25, 1975 with Lisa Minnelli in “Lucky Lady” & Sean Connery in “The Man Who Would Be King”. I believe the building was converted from a Filenes Department Store before they moved down the street to the mall. The Chestnut Hill Cinema had more plush decor than most of their theatres at the time, because GCC’s corporate offices were in the next-door section of the building. In December 1979 both auditoriums were twinned, making it a quad theatre. In June 1980 screen 2 was split again.

GCC were taken over by AMC in 2002 and the AMC Chestnut Hill 5 was closed on January 17, 2013.

Contributed by dave-bronx

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John Fink
John Fink on January 23, 2013 at 9:40 pm

@Ron – it’ll be a new concept “Showcase Super Lux” – which I think might be all dinning, reserved seating, etc like iPic (Gold Class) – so the 6-screens makes sense for a high end luxury theater. I wish National had further developed The Bridge brand, although it probably didn’t make sense outside of urban areas – the Philly location was pretty awesome and ahead of its time.

rivest266 on May 11, 2013 at 12:07 pm

December 25th, 1975 grand opening ad uploaded here.

dave-bronx™ on December 19, 2014 at 12:36 pm

Now that the N.A. Super Lux is open at the other end of the parking lot, what has become of this former General Cinema? Has it been demolished, or stripped out and occupied by some retail operation? Any current photos?

dave-bronx™ on December 19, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Back in the day, when this theatre was nearing completion, we were having a managers meeting in the Cleveland division and it was pointed out that GCC Prexy Mr. Smith (as Variety referred to him once or twice), was heavily involved in the build-out of this theatre. In addition to the layout, he picked out the finishes, resulting in the decor appearing a little more up-market than ordinary General Cinemas. Someone in authority told us, with a bit of sarcasm, that Mr. Smith has picked gold-plated flush handles for the toilets and urinals.

marco1 on December 19, 2014 at 5:40 pm

It’s still vacant being used as a construction office essentially, there was a temp art exhibit in it over the summer

StanMalone on December 20, 2014 at 7:59 am

Regarding the ad that Rivest was kind enough to provide, I noticed that they managed to get the showtimes wrong from day one. Lucky Lady was a 2 hour movie and the evening showtimes are listed as 7:30 and 9:15. Probably meant 9:45. I am sure all of us who were managers, projectionists or both have plenty of horror stories related to mistakes like this.

As for this location, the GCC address that we mailed all of our paperwork to was 22 Flutie Pass which referred to Doug Flutie’s game wining heave against Miami. Could the GCC offices mentioned in the overview be at this location with a different address? I see on the map that this is very close to Boston College so that would seem to make sense.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 20, 2014 at 8:08 am

22 Flutie Pass is in Framingham, not Chestnut Hill or Newton. It is currently the address of an AMC theatre.

dave-bronx™ on December 20, 2014 at 10:18 am

StanMalone: this was the home office from when it opened until when they merged with Harcourt Brace Jovanovich and became Harcourt General. Once that happened the theatre division moved to an office building across the street, the address was 12-something (4 digits) Boylston. The Flutie Pass theatre came along in the final chapter of the GCC story. Maybe certain departments were relocated over there, but the HQ remained opposite the C.H. Cinema til the end.

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on December 20, 2014 at 11:31 am

The theatre division building was moved across the street to 1280 Boylston St. The Flutie Pass address was the new location for the Framingham GCC when Shoppers World closed. The new location bordered Natick, which was Doug Flutie’s hometown. Doug was honored and made a speech at the grand reopening. There were a couple of Film buyer offices in the back of that new Framingham theatre, which is now an AMC. Stan may be wrong about an error in showtimes, as they may have had a second print used the 2nd auditorium for an additional show, at a better time. (the other feature only being shown one time, that is.) That was a frequent occurrence at Chestnut Hill, thus the way we got such great grosses with the small seating capacity.

50sSNIPES on March 16, 2023 at 1:15 pm

General Cinema opened the GCC Chestnut Hill Cinema I & II on Christmas Day 1975 with “Lucky Lady” at Screen 1 and “The Man Who Would Be King” at Screen 2. In December 1979, both auditoriums split and became a quad. A few months later in June 1980, Screen #2 was split again (but this time it created narrow rooms), and became a five-screen theater. In May 1989, Screen #1 became the official THX auditorium in the theater. General Cinema operated the GCC Chestnut Hill 5 until being taken over by AMC after GCC’s defunction in 2002.

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