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Adam Martin
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This year's THSA Conclave is in Boston (June 27-July 2) with theater tours scheduled in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Maine.

Details and registration information are available on the THSA website.

Who else is going? This will be my first conclave!

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Jeff Arellano
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I leave boston on the 21st otherwise i would have gone.

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Jim Rankin
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I wish that I could go, but failing health is making travel impossible. For those going to Boston, when you get to the Wang Center (the former Metropolitan) please say 'Hello from Jim Rankin' to their Ex. Director, Phil Proctor, when you meet him. He was Ex. Dir. of the historic Pabst theater here when I worked there as Archivist/Historian in 1990-91.

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Ron Newman
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I live in the Boston area so I'm at least thinking about it...

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Roger Katz
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I'd go, but that price...wow!

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Jeff Arellano
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Ron / Roger. What is a must go to theatre in Boston. I'll be staying up near Burlington and I do want to catch a movie or two on my vacation. I know there is an AMC (former GCC) there in Burlington, but any gems?

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George Gates
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Go see the Wang Center, Emerson, and Colonial in Boston. All within a block of each other. Then walk up Tremont to the Orpheum, and if you can get in, squint, and you can imagine what it must have been like way back when.

Actually, the tour sounds like fun, and interesting, but as usual, the THS is all about making lots of money, so those of us who have limited means will just have to be envious.

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Jim Rankin
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I agree that the THS prices are high, but they do give a quality tour with good transportation and banquet. We should remember that part of the fee goes to maintaining the Office, Museum Of The American Movie Palace there, and the Archive of many thousands of photos, historic documents and artifacts. Everyone wants a source of such information, and keeping such takes money. Usage fees help, but are never enough and the subscription to their "Marquee" magazine must pay for its glossy pages, mailing, and all it takes to produce it. One never gets anything of value on the cheap.

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Ron Newman
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Jeff: if you want to see a movie in a classic theatre, don't go to downtown Boston. Those houses have only live stage shows now. Instead, I suggest:

Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, Cambridge. Mix of classic, independent, and foreign films, changed every day or two. Uses a rear-projection system. One screen. Has a small balcony.

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline. Art, foreign, and independent films. Two movie screens plus a tiny screening room (which I think is video-only).

Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, Somerville. One large auditorium with balcony, mostly unchanged since its opening in 1914, plus four small cinemas added in the 1990s. Second runs.

Capitol Theatre in Arlington, a suburb near Burlington. A great old neighborhood theatre, now subdivided into six screens but still well worth your visit. Second runs.

Studio Cinema in Belmont, another suburb not too far from Burlington. A real rarity: a single-screen suburban neighborhood theatre. Second runs, plus the Belmont World Film festival.

On the other hand, if you're interested in a live stage show, by all means check out the previously-mentioned Wang, Colonial, Orpheum, and (Emerson) Majestic, as well as the Opera House (formerly BF Keith Memorial, later Savoy), Shubert, and Wilbur.

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Adam Martin
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My photos from the trip to Boston are all online now. Here's a summary of the theatres visited. Some tours are exterior-only and several were private tours not attached to the THS conclave.

June 28, 2006
Cutler Majestic, Boston (Downtown)
Wilbur, Boston (Downtown) (never showed movies)
Colonial, Boston (Downtown)
Tremont Temple, Boston (Downtown)
Orpheum, Boston (Downtown)
Globe, Boston (Chinatown) (now a restaurant)
Paramount, Boston (Chinatown)
Modern, Boston (Chinatown)
Opera House, Boston (Chinatown)
Exeter Street, Boston (Back Bay) (not on THS tour)
Berklee Performance Center, Boston (Fenway) (not on THS tour)
Boston University, Boston (Fenway)
AMC Fenway 13, Boston (Fenway) (not on THS tour)
Conservancy of Music Jordan Hall, Boston (Fenway) (never showed movies)
AMC Braintree 10, Braintree (not on THS tour)
South Shore Plaza DI, Braintree (not on THS tour)
Sharon 8, Sharon (not on THS tour)

June 29, 2006
Zeiterion, New Bedford MA
Veterans Memorial, Providence RI (never showed movies)
Trinity Repertory, Providence RI
Strand, Providence RI
Providence PAC, Providence RI
Columbus, Providence RI
Avon, Providence RI (photos taken off-tour on July 4)
Stadium, Woonsocket RI
Embassy, Waltham MA (not on THS tour)

June 30, 2006
Paris, Worcester MA
Poli Palace, Worcester MA
Olympia, Worcester MA
Palladium, Worcester MA
Mechanics Hall, Worcester MA (never showed movies)
Little, Worcester MA
Worcester Memorial, Worcester MA (never showed movies)
Tuckerman Hall, Worcester MA
Warner Memorial, Worcester MA
Hippodrome, Springfield MA
Calvin, Northampton MA
Pleasant Street, Northampton MA (not on THS tour)
Academy of Music, Northampton MA

July 1, 2006
Strand, Boston (Dorchester)
Cabot Street, Beverly MA
Larcom, Beverly MA
Brattle, Cambridge MA (not on THS tour)
Loews Harvard Square, Cambridge MA (not on THS tour)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (Fenway) (not on THS tour)
Harvard University Sanders Theater (never showed movies, not photographed)
Harvard University Agassiz Theater (never showed movies, not photographed)
Somerville, Somerville MA
Fresh Pond, Cambridge MA (not on THS tour)
Capitol, Arlington MA (not on THS tour)

July 2, 2006
Loews at the Loop, Methuen MA
Ioka, Exeter NH
Music Hall, Portsmouth NH
Ogunquit Playhouse, Ogunquit ME (never showed movies)
Leavitt, Ogunquit ME
Ogunquit Square, Ogunquit ME (now a store, not on THS tour)
State, Portland ME
Fine Arts, Portland ME (now a bar, not on THS tour)
Merrill Auditorium, Portland ME (never showed movies)

July 3, 2006
No significant photos taken, just some library research and walking around Boston.

July 4, 2006
Providence Place 16, Providence RI (not on THS tour)
Providence Place IMAX, Providence RI (not on THS tour)

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Ron Newman
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A few corrections:

Berklee Performance Center (not Berkeley, not Performing Arts Center). Originally called Fenway Theatre when it showed movies.

New England Conservatory (Jordan Hall) never showed movies, to my knowledge.

Colonial Theatre DID occasionally show movies in its early years.

Fenway 13 is now AMC, was built as General Cinema, but has never been Loews. A agreement with the government requires AMC to sell it, but they haven't yet.

Strand Theatre is in Dorchester (not Dorcester).

Harvard theater is Agassiz (not Agazzis).

Current use of Exeter Street Theatre is a Montessori school, not office space.

Emerson College has plans to renovate the interior of the Paramount Theatre. This will likely look more like a gut rehab than a restoration, given the sad state of the interior, and Emerson's desire to convert it to a live stage, even though it was never historically used as one.

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Adam Martin
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Spelling and other corrections made to my post above. Good catch on the Colonial ... I haven't had a chance to read Don King's book yet, but confirmed the info there. Ironically, even the Colonial Theatre people said it never showed movies.

If anyone has any photos, ads or other info regarding theatres on the Boston tour, please email them to newsroom@cinematour.com.

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Ron Newman
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That's quite a list for such a short visit. Did you also get to see the Wang, Shubert, Loews Boston Common, and Coolidge Corner? (The Shubert never showed movies, as far as I know.)

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Adam Martin
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Opening night festivities were held at the Wang and Shubert, but I didn't take my camera to them. I guess I wasn't thinking clearly after my red-eye flight across the country (which was made worse because it was two hours late). [Frown]

We walked by the Loews Boston Common one day and I ran upstairs (okay, so I took the escalator) and snapped a couple of shots in the lobby while no one was looking my way.

Seeing a movie at the Coolidge Corner was an option, but we never made it.

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Jim Rankin
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That's an excellent collection of photos that Adam has added to CT, and he is to be praised for them. He fills in many voids in photo coverage of Northeastern theatres, and I can only hope that he is available to do the same for the nortern Mid-West on the Society's "Milwaukee-to-Minneapolis" convention next year.

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