Theatre Premier

684 Washington Street,
Boston, MA 02135

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Theatre Premier

The Theatre Premier opened in April 1907, next door to the Globe Theatre, showing movies for 10 cents. I do not know how long it remained in operation.

The building still stands today, with the Pho Pasteur Vietnamese restaurant on its first floor and Buddha’s Delight vegetarian restaurant on the second floor. Until recently it also contained an art gallery, the Oni.

Contributed by Ron Newman

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 3, 2006 at 3:21 am

Next to the Globe Theatre can be seen the Premier in this old postcard that probably dates back to the last years of the first decade of the 1900s, not long after the theatre was built,

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 3, 2006 at 4:52 am

To clarify, the Globe Theatre is listed here at CinemaTreasures under its later name, the Center Theatre.

In its last years as a cinema, the Center became the Pagoda Theatre. It was then converted into the large Chinese restaurant you see there today.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 11, 2009 at 10:16 pm

No, definitely not. I’m not immediately recognizing the location in this photo, and question whether it is actually in Boston.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 11, 2009 at 10:32 pm

After looking up the several other businesses shown in that photo, and scoring a hit on ‘Dario Woodworking’, I have concluded that the photo shows the Fairmount Theatre in Hyde Park. I’ve added an appropriate link and comment to that page.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 25, 2009 at 10:59 am

In his Boston theaters history book, Don King mentions that as of May 1, 1908, the Theatre Premier advertised that it had installed 14 electric fans. On May 4th, they presented a film “that talked – the Humanova”! This consisted of live actors sitting behind the screen, reading the dialog, if you can imagine something quite so zany!

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 1, 2011 at 11:10 am

This theater and address was not included in a list of Theatres in the 1918 edition of the Boston Register and Business Directory. So it was gone by then.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 29, 2011 at 4:06 pm

This theatre is mapped on the wrong Washington Street (Brighton, instead of downtown Boston), miles away from where it belongs.

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