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Photos of Boston Theatres from 1984 – The Beginnings of RetroRoadmap

Posted on: August 3, 2010


All this talk of Boston with Eddie Coyle and the arrival of my new fave  movie compendium Big Screen Boston made me realize that my photos from a college “slide tape presentation” might be of interest to Retro Roadmap Readers.

These photographs, shot in the fall of 1984 were of some of the old theatres of Boston, many of which were shuttered, sad or in the process of being eliminated all together. Weird to believe that photos I took can now be seen in a historical context (but I’m so YOUNG!) – these photos are also the first tangible evidence of my own interest in places left over from bygone eras, and  thus, the beginning of Retro Roadmap.

The Paramount Theatre and further down The Opera House and Modern:
Paramount Theatre Boston 1984

(Can you see why I was so happy to see it all dolled up now, my heart swells!)


The Hotel Avery across from The Paramount:

Paramount Theatre Hotel Avery Boston MA

The Opera House Entrance Interior:

Opera House Interior Boston MA 1984

Saxon Theatre Sign:

:Saxon Theatre Sign Boston 1984

Orpheum Theatre:

Orpheum Theatre Boston MA 1984 The Cure(actually my first show at the Orpheum was Peter Gabriel – but this is one of my fave photos)

Orpheum Theatre Boston Interior 1984

The Modern Theatre Washington Street:

Modern Theatre Boston MA 1984( I remember they used to store the pushcarts from Downtown Crossing in here)

The Exeter Street Theatre – where I saw the Rocky Horror Picture Show for the first time.
Exeter Street Theatre Sign Boston MA 1984

Exeter Street Theatre Boston MA Organ and 1984

Exeter Street Theatre Boston MA Demolition 1984

Exeter Street Theatre Stained Glass 1984

There are a bunch more photos of these theatres and more over on the Retro Roadmap Flickr Page, so swing on by and relive some Boston History!

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