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Marquee advertises a sci-fi film released in 1964 and shot in Dynavision, an early special-effects process

The Great Boston Fire of 1872 destroyed Boston’s commercial district in a swath running from the Boston Common to the waterfront.

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Architect Clarence H. Blackall (1857-1942) was known for his hundreds of theaters, but he also designed one of Boston’s first skyscrapers, the nine-story Carter Winthrop Building at 7 Water St. Blackall also designed 17 theaters in and around Boston.…

A furniture warehouse designed by Levi Newcomb & Son was built at 323 Washington St. In 1876. Later it became a carpet warehouse and later still was converted into the Modern Theatre.

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

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

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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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