Fields Corner Theatre

215 Adams Street,
Dorchester, MA 02124

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Previously operated by: M & P Theaters

Firms: Funk and Wilcox

Previous Names: Rialto Theatre

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Fields Corner Theatre 1941

Opened on April 28, 1924, the Fields Corner Theatre was one of two movie theatres in the Fields Corner section of Dorchester, an area of Boston to the south of downtown. The theatre was fairly large, and originally had a seating capacity of 1,800 including a balcony.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 18, 2012 at 11:28 am

Running until the early 60’s? Do you mean early 50’s? I used to go to the Fields Corner area in the 1950s and never saw this theater, and especially from 1960 onward.

burnsie34 on October 31, 2012 at 7:14 am

I can not believe this site. While looking up some Old Dorchester photos I found this site. The Fields Corner Theatre was a wonderful place. Afterwards we would go to Charlie’s Ice Cream Parlor for sodas and talk wilth the “chicks”. The Oriental Theatre in Mattapan was also beautiful with the lighted ceiling.

burnsie34 on October 31, 2012 at 7:17 am

Do you remember the Strand Theatre in Uphams Corner. It was big and had stage shows. Early R&B Stars would perform there.

DotRat on November 6, 2012 at 12:42 pm

When we moved from Columbia Point to Fields Corner in the late 50’s, I thought that we all died and went to Heaven. In my late arrival, I never had the chance to experience the obvious splendor of The Fields Corner Theater. My 84 year-old dad remembers it as yesterday and I am curious as to how to get an actual photo of the building. I had trouble with The Theatre Historical Society site.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 7, 2012 at 11:15 am

DotRat- you can contact the Archives at the Theatre Historical Soc in Illinois (Kathy): They have a black & white photo of the exterior taken in April 1941; it’s on the MGM Theatre and Photograph Report. But it’s expensive, about $50. Or contact me at ; I can help you out.

sonofmarge on February 25, 2013 at 7:43 am

i moved to beach street in 62, the park street theater was still there then, and if i,m not mistaken it was still open in the 70’s. i believe i saw jaws there, which was made in 75.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 25, 2013 at 10:33 am

sonofmarge- the theater at the corner of Park Street and Dot Ave was the Dorchester Theatre and it has its own Page here in Cinema Treasures. You’re right, it was open later than most of the other old movie theaters in Dorchester.

jimdugas on August 21, 2015 at 5:15 pm

I attended the Fields Corner movie Theater back in 1955. the cost was 10 cents and much more fun than attending Adams Theater for 25 cents I remember that Gabby Hayes was at the Fields Corner Theater and that stayed with me my whole life The soap box racers before the main movie was what life was all about

dickneeds111 on May 12, 2016 at 2:45 pm

Jim. Are you sure that the Fields Corner & the Adams theatres were only 10cents. I had been going to both since 1948 and they were 25 cents the whole time I went there. The Dorchester (Park) on Dot Ave & Park St was only 10cents. The Dot was 3rd or 4th run and the Fields Corner and Adams were 2nd run after leaving Downtown Boston. I moved from the area in Feb 1952 and went to Scituate where the Playhouse was 1st run and 25 cents. The soap box racers and bike race pre movie events were on Sat matinees along with a 3 sStooges short and a couple of cartoons plus a western and some other movie. Probably a Sci-Fi only at the Dorchester and other E.M. Lowes theatres not at the N.E.T. theatres. Those theatres were the Strand, Uphams Corner, the Oriental. I believe that the other Lowes were the Morton? and Eggleston.

dickneeds111 on May 12, 2016 at 3:01 pm

P.S. The Morton was an N.E.T. not an E.M. Lowes. The N.E.T. theatres were kept in good shape but the E.M. Lowes were left to minimum Maint. You saw Gabby Hayew in 1955 was most likely at the Fields Corner. The only live acts at the Dot were the RATS. The Dot and the Adams had dish nites. I remember my mother making sure she went to the Dot I believe every Mon night to get her dish. She very seldom went to the Adams. It was too far to walk. We lived next to Cosgroves Milk Plant. It was between Gibson & Park St. Technically we lived on Christopher Ct a dirt road which was not an accepted St then. They paved it a bout 1-2 yrs after we moved. Our mailing address was 310 Adams St. The 3 family cold water building was torn down down years later.

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