Hollywood Theatre

34 Chelsea Street,
Charlestown, MA 02129

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The Hollywood Theatre was located near the old Charlestown Navy Yard in the Charlestown section of Boston. By 1926 it was operated by E.M. Loew’s Theaters Inc. It was closed in the 1940’s.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 27, 2007 at 1:00 pm

If the Google Map is accurate, this address would now be under the Tobin Bridge, which was built in 1948-49 and opened in 1950. Was the theatre demolished in order to build the bridge?

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 28, 2007 at 7:05 am

Yes, it was. It was located across from the west wall of the Navy Yard. Every building there was demolished in the late-1940s for the right-of-way for the approach to the south end of the Mystic River Bridge (Tobin Bridge). The Hollywood was supposedly built in 1929. The MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for the Hollywood has an exterior photo dated March 1941. The entrance was in the middle of a commercial building at least 2 stories high. There was a rectangular marquee with “Hollywood” in big bulbed letters on the front. Under the marquee was a centered ticket booth; with narrow poster cases on either side of the entrance. A metal grate has been drawn across the entrance. To the left of the entrance is Blackie’s Locker Hall, open 24 hours. These locker facilities were very common near the gates of Navy bases; the sailors used them to store their belongings. The Hollywood Theatre undoubtedly drew much of its patronage from the sailors and marines at the base. Somewhere I heard that toward the end of its existence, it was only open on weekends.

sweetmel on May 19, 2012 at 10:39 pm

Thank you, Ron. Are there any photos of this theatre?

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