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Professional and Suffolk Theatre Department performances are among the offerings at the new Modern Theatre. Here Professor Wesley Savick directs students in Car Talk: The Musical. The musical comedy, inspired by the National Public Radio show, was…

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This early film camera was developed by Thomas Edison, whose invention of the Kinetoscope and the Vitascope led to the first silent motion pictures.

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Thomas Edison experimented with the transmission of vocal sounds and images while living in the Boston area. The great inventor was commemorated in a U.S. postage stamp

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The Jazz Singer was a groundbreaking movie that incorporated spoken dialogue into film.

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Sun Ra was the opening act for a re-imagined Modern/Mayflower Theatre, which featured live entertainment after the movie business declined. However, that venture was short-lived. The theater closed in 1981 and fell into disrepair.

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Holes in the Modern Theatre roof let in the elements, leading to deterioration of the fine detail inside the original building.

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The program includes a synopsis of the photo play as well as a list of coming attractions and advertising.

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Visitors to Boston sent postcards home showing that they had seen the celebrated Washington Street theater and shopping district

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Visitors to Boston sent postcards home showing that they had seen the celebrated Washington Street theater and shopping district

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Jacob Lourie (1874-1940) owned the Modern Theatre when it opened in 1914. He was an innovator who was the first in Boston to introduce sound with movies.

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Lower Washington Street, Boston, has reemerged as a vital entertainment district after decades of deterioration.

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A deteriorated roof and years of neglect left the interior of the Modern Theatre in ruins by the 2000s.

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The Modern Theatre has been called the “jewel in the crown” of Boston’s restored Theater District. (unknown, commissioned by Suffolk)

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Years of neglect left the interior of the Modern Theatre in ruins. Yet a hint of the refined colors and the elegant Florentine-Renaissance décor remained. These elements inform the interior design for the new Modern Theatre.
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