Bowdoin Square Theatre

Boston (Scollay Square) / 1500 seats / built in 1892; demolished in 1960's

The Bowdoin Square Theatre (est.1892) in Boston, Massachusetts, was a playhouse and cinema.
It was located on Bowdoin Square in the West End, in a building designed by architect
C.H. Blackall. Personnel included Charles F. Atkinson and William Harris.

(Although it seems to have lasted as a cinema into the 1950's, I can find no information on it's demise.)


History of Bowdoin Square Theatre

from Always Something Doing; Boston's Infamous Scollay Square:

  • pg.31: "The Bowdoin used to have local talent shows. It was just like you see in the old movies. If the audience didn't like somebody they had this big hook, which would come out
               from the side of the stage and pull them off. I won a dollar for singing Rosie O'Grady one night. I couldn't keep it, of course. I had to give it to my family."

  • pg.92: "Well, the Bowdoin Square Theatre is the first place I ever worked when I started as a waitress..."

  • Programs available from this theatre:

  • The Still Alarm (1893)
  • Hands Across the Sea (1893)
  • The Silver King (1894)
  • Kerry Gow (1895)
  • An Irishman's Love (1899)

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