Modern Theatre (Boston)

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Modern Theatre
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Modern Theatre, Washington St., Boston, 1915. "New high class photo plays"
Coordinates 42°21′15″N 71°03′44″W / 42.35415°N 71.06210°W / 42.35415; -71.06210Coordinates: 42°21′15″N 71°03′44″W / 42.35415°N 71.06210°W / 42.35415; -71.06210
Owner Suffolk University
Type Theatre
Capacity 185
Construction
Opened 1876
Renovated 1914, 2010
Architect Levi Newcomb (original)
Clarence H. Blackall (conversion)
Childs Bertman Tseckares (renovation)
Website
www2.suffolk.edu/moderntheatre/

The Modern Theatre on Washington Street in Boston, Massachusetts was first opened in 1876 as the Dobson Building, designed by Levi Newcomb. It was renovated in 1914 as a movie theatre by architect Clarence Blackall; by 1980 it had fallen into neglect and dilapidation. In 2009-2010 Suffolk University demolished the theater but retained the original facade of theatre, and constructed a new building on the site.[1] Suffolk's new Modern Theatre opened on November 4, 2010.[2]

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It was the first to show a sound film in Boston (The Jazz Singer in 1928[3]) and the first to show a double feature.[4]

The theatre is on the National Register of Historic Places (1979) and designated as a Boston Landmark (1995).[5]

At one point called The Mayflower Theatre, during the 1970s it showed adult films.[6]

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