Plaza Theater

Brookline Village, MA 02445

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Previously operated by: Walter Reade Theatres

Previous Names: Cinema Brookline

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Plaza Theater

The Plaza Theater opened in 1971, and survived for not much more than two decades. The building that it was part of still exists but the theater has been converted to other uses.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 27, 2004 at 7:03 am

I remember seeing Louis Malle’s “Murmur of the Heart” here in 1971 and thereafter beautiful re-issue prints of Chaplin’s “Modern Times,” “City Lights” and “The Great Dicatator”

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on July 28, 2004 at 11:25 am

This was located in Brookline Village. In its later years it a second-run house called ‘Cinema Brookline’.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 18, 2004 at 5:57 am

When it was still called the Plaza, it was a Walter Reade theatre.

AlLarkin on August 20, 2005 at 8:17 am

I reall a theater on the left side of Rt. 9 just prior to bearing left on to Huntington Ave, Boston. I am not sure if this area was considered Brookline or Boston. I also don’t recall the name. There was an old bank building to the left. This goes way back to the late ‘50’s – early '60’s and I don’t ever recall the place being open during that time. It was finally demolished and I believe high rises built on the site. Does this jog anyone’s memory?

DennisJOBrien on January 16, 2007 at 7:16 pm

I fondly remember seeing “Modern Times” and “City Lights” here when my father insisted I go. I had never seen a Charlie Chaplin film in its entirety until then, and what a wonderful moment it was to see the genius he possessed. The audience was roaring with laughter, all those years later. It seemed to be a nice theater with a big screen.

dangerdonkey on June 19, 2007 at 2:16 pm

I saw my first R rated feature here, “Stripes” with Bill Murray.

I’m sorry my memory of the theatre isn’t better, but I do remember that it was a single screen and I think it was built underground.

I believe the entire Hearthstone Plaza where it was is now part of the New England Institute of Art

ErikH on April 17, 2011 at 9:49 am

According to the March 31, 1971 edition of Variety, the Plaza theater was scheduled to open on April 8, 1971. The article noted that the Plaza would be the second Walter Reade theater to open in Boston (the other being the Charles).

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