Fairmount Theatre

17 Fairmount Avenue,
Boston, MA 02136

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danpetitpas on September 13, 2009 at 8:15 am

In the ‘60s and early '70s this theater was known as the Nu Pixie Cinema and then the Pixie. During the late '70s and early '80s, it was rented out as practice space for bands. There use to be a lot more entries talking about it including links to some pictures of its deteriorating interior. All those entries seem to be gone now.

From what I can remember, the plaster roof collapsed from water damage in the ‘90s and the current owners would like to fix it up, but the cost is going to be more than $1 million. The owners were trying to find some grants to help pay for it, but chances are slim that the theater could attract audiences to make any kind of use work.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 22, 2009 at 6:53 pm

I looked at the Google Street View for Fairmount Ave. in Hyde Park, at both #17, the Fairmount Theater, and #45, the Riverside Theatre Works. The Fairmount Th. building is definitely still standing, but there is no activity and no signage at the theatre’s entrance.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 5, 2009 at 6:46 pm

That is definitely the Fairmount Th.; the marquee in 1983 was actually wider than the one on the theater in 1941. I never heard of the “Premier Performance Theatre” or its usage in 1983— I wonder if this was a short-lived endeavor?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 12, 2009 at 6:29 am

This appears to be a photo of the Fairmount from August or September 1983, when it was apparently renamed ‘Premier Performance Theatre’. The marquee advertises both an upcoming live stage show (Deathtrap) and a movie double-feature (The Warriors and Flashdance).

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 22, 2006 at 3:56 pm

The Boston Globe of November 2, 2003 had a feature article with 2 color interior photos of the restoration project at the Fairmount. What has happened at this theatre in the 3 years since the article appeared? Nearby is another old theatre, French’s Opera House at 45 Fairmount Avenue, home of the Riverside Theatre Works. The Fairmount was included in the MGM Theatre Photograph and Report project. There is an exterior photo taken in April 1941. The Report states that the theatre has been a MGM customer for over 10 years; that it’s over 15 years old and in Fair condition, and has 530 orchestra seats, 250 balcony seats and 16 loge seats, total: 796 seats. (This posting replaces info in postings to this page which were somehow deleted last month.)