Location of Somerville Theatre
Details of Somerville Theatre and the Ticket Luck value
Somerville Theatre is a fabulous movie theatre and concert venue in Davis Square, located just outside of Boston, Massachusetts, in the small suburb of Somerville in the United States of America and has a lot of populairyt in the area owing to its vicinity to Tufts University and the low ticket prices.
In 1982, The Viano family leased the Somerville to Garen Daly, and he turned the theatre into a repertory house, running double features and daily changes, providing independent and unusual fare in the days before video and DVD made it easy to track down such titles. Daly also brought back live performances to the stage for the first time from the time when in the 30's he began programming concerts to harmonize the film programs. During this period, the Hobbs Building was acquired by Chatham Light Realty, whose owners, the Fraiman family, had previously bought and operated the Capitol Theatre in Arlington. In 1989, when Garen Daly?s lease ended, the Fraimans decided to run the Somerville themselves, closing the venue for a chain of necessary renovations. Some in the community were anxious that the original theatre would be subdivided into smaller cinemas, and formed an advanced group to avert such an incidence, but as the owners had never in reality made that decision, the theater was conserved, and reopened in 1990, looking better than ever, and preserving its single screen charm.
On the other hand, Movie attendance had dropped significantly, and a plan had to be developed to keep the theatre competitive. The remainder of the Hobbs Building, with the exemption of a couple of storefronts and the theatre, had been neglected ever since the early 80's. In 1996, renovations instigated extensively. The bowling alleys in the basement and a portion of the first floor retail space were gutted to create modern bathrooms and two new auditoriums. Two more screens were built in the former ballroom space on the second floor. An elevator was mounted in, new windows and a bright elegant exhibition area were added, and the third and second floors became new and modern office space for lease. The theatre lobby was extended by taking over a contiguous storefront, and new comfortable seats were installed in the orchestra seating of the original auditorium. In 2006 further renovations took place and restored the original auditorium interior to a more traditionally precise theme and color scheme while improvements to the stage like new curtains, rigging, and movie screen were also completed.
Nowadays, run by F.E.I. Theatres, the Somerville Theatre continues to amuse public with five screens of second run films and regular music and stage performances. It makes efforts to contend with the giant chain theaters and the local charitable art-houses, remaining, with its sister theatre, the Capitol, among the last of the neighborhood theatres that aren't a charity. It still provides a reasonably priced ticket, lower food prices, fresher popcorn and a funky charm that bigger theaters cannot proffer.