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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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Modern Theatre owner Jacob Lourie built a theater empire as owner of New England Theatres Operating Company, or NETOCO, which at its height operated 35 theaters. The company was affiliated with the Paramount studio until antitrust action broke up…

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Mayer began his movie career in Haverhill, Massachusetts, by converting a burlesque house into a movie theater. Eventually he was to lead the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio.
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