LOST THEATRES OF SOMERVILLE EXHIBIT
For nearly 60 years Somerville was home to 14 movie theatres. David Guss has gathered what is perhaps the largest collection of the neighborhood movie-going experience in the United States. Included in the collection are archival photographs from theatres and surrounding businesses, posters, ads, dish sets and other give-aways, seats, original stained glass and fixtures, and even a ten foot neon marquee from the Paramount.
This exhibition explores the rich cultural and architectural past of these
theatres and in so doing, demonstrates the essential role of cultural
institutions in the creation of neighborhoods and communities. Dotted
throughout the city these movie theatres formed a reference point for each
of the neighborhoods they were located in. These included the...