7 E. North Avenue,
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Architects: Francis E. Tormey
Previous Names: 7 East Theatre, North Cinema, Aurora X
In a three block area of North Avenue, near Charles Street, there were four theatres at one time, including the Aurora, Peabody, Parkway, and the Centre. Just down Charles Street, is the Charles Theatre.
Opened as the Aurora Theatre on October 15, 1910. In 1919 a 2 manual 8 ranks Moller organ was installed. It was taken over by JF Theatres in 1958. In 1962 it was leased out to Trans-Lux. In November 1964 it was renamed 7 East Theatre when it was taken over by Schwaber Theatres. In May 1974 it was over to screening soft core adult films and was known as the North Cinema. It was raided by the police on May 24, 1974 when the manager was arrested for screening “Deep Throat”. In 1981 it became a repertory cinema, reverting back to the Aurora Theatre name. In October 1982 it became the Aurora X, screening adult movies. It closed in 1984.
It has been used as a church since 1979. The area is currently undergoing a transformation and it could be interesting to see what happens to the old theatre in all the changes.
The lot next to the Aurora Theatre was once the Peabody Theatre, later called Center Stage, which burned down in 1974. No damage to the Aurora Theatre was caused by the fire.
The theatre was remodeled in 1921 and again in 1960. It is now the Solid Rock Free Will Baptist Church'
The theatre building is in great shape and intact inside. Some parts of the old organ are still in the theatre.
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