Central Square Theatre

573 Massachusetts Avenue,
Cambridge, MA 02139

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Previously operated by: M & P Theaters, Paramount-Publix

Architects: William Luther Mowll, Roger Glade Rand

Firms: Mowll & Rand

Previous Names: Gordon's Central Square Theatre

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Central Square Theatre

A long-ago demolished movie theatre in Central Square, Cambridge. This is not to be confused with the petite Central Square Cinemas which came much later. The Gordon’s Central Square Theatre was opened March 17, 1919 and was closed in 1964.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

rnoyes on December 10, 2007 at 8:52 am

(Yes, I meant trulye. I’m apparently channelling the ghost of Samuel Pepys here.)

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on December 10, 2007 at 10:31 am

The 1941 edition of Film Daily Yearbook lists the Central Square Theatre, Cambridge, MA as being operated by M.& P. Theaters of Boston

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 10, 2007 at 11:25 am

Yes, it’s this theatre. Nathan Gordon built it, then most of his theatres eventually ended up in Paramount/Publix, then Mullin and Pinanski (M&P).

rnoyes on December 10, 2007 at 12:53 pm

Thank you for the clarification and identification! Great to know this indeed was advertising the theater at the corner of Mass Ave and Norfolk.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 10, 2007 at 3:30 pm

This 1930 map shows the “CENTRAL SQ. THEATRE”. Look near the left edge of the map, on the right (east) side of Massachusetts Avenue, just above (north of) Norfolk Street.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 16, 2007 at 10:40 am

Another Central Square Theater (this time spelled “-er”) will open next spring at 450 Massachusetts Avenue. It will be home to the Nora Theatre Company and the Underground Railway Theater company.

This one is for live performance, not movies, and it’s on the opposite side of Mass. Ave. from the previous two Central Square theatres. But it will be nice to see the name ‘Central Square’ used once again for a theater.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on January 5, 2008 at 10:09 am

A June 14, 1927 piece in the Harvard Crimson reported the showing of screen tests at the Central Square Theatre for Harvard students with Hollywood aspirations.

rivest266 on May 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm

This opened on March 17th, 1919.

jwpeelman50 on December 31, 2016 at 5:38 pm

It’s nice to know all sorts of facts like about Nathan Gordon building it and from 1919 with MOVIES, nit theatrical acts, though I did see Bozo the clown there one day…and Klank the tin can man.

jwpeelman50 on December 31, 2016 at 5:41 pm

It all ended in 1964, but the Somerville theatre still exists in Davis Square. The ran the same movies one week before.

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