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Old-Fashioned, Historic Movie Theaters and Drive-Ins in New England

Dedham Movie Theater, Dedham MA
Dedham Community Movie Theater, Dedham, Massachusetts.

by Eric Hurwitz. Updated 12/07/16.

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Locally-owned, independent movie theaters have been on the decline in the last 15-20 years, but, thankfully, many remain in the New England area. Too bad there aren't more, given the uniqueness and character of each theater and the hometown, neighborly feel. Here are some still-thriving movie theaters in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire , Rhode Island and Vermont that have that one-of-a-kind, old-school feel:

Madison Art Cinemas. 761 Boston Post Rd., Madison
Tel. (203) 245-3456. Opened in 1912.

Criterion Theater.  35 Cottage St., Bar Harbor. Tel. (207) 288-3441. Opened in 1932.

The Strand Theater. 345 Main St., Rockland.  Tel. (207) 594-0070. Opened in 1923.

Capitol Theater. 204 Mass. Ave., Arlington. Tel. (781) 648-4340. Opened in 1925.

Coolidge Corner Theater. 290 Harvard St., Brookline. Tel. (617) 734-2500.  Opened in 1933.

Brattle Theater. 40 Brattle St. Cambridge. Tel. (617) 876-6837. Opened in 1953.

Dedham Community Theater. 580 High St., Dedham.
Tel. (781) 326-0409. Opened in 1927. Read our article on the Dedham Community Theater.

Maynard's Fine Arts Theater. 19 Summer St., Maynard. Tel. (978) 897-8100.

Mendon Twin Drive-In. 35 Milford St., Mendon, MA. Tel. (508) 473-4958.

Somerville Theater. 55 Davis Square, Somerville. Tel. (617) 625-5700. Opened in 1914.

Welfleet Drive-in Theater. Route 6, Welfleet. Tel. (508) 349-7176. Opened in 1957.

New Hampshire
The Colonial Theater.  95 Main St., Keene.  Tel. (603)-352-2033. Opened in 1924.

Jax Jr. Theater. Main St., Littleton. Tel.  (603) 444-5907. Opened in 1951.

Rhode Island
Rustic Drive In Theatre. Old Louisquisset Pike, North Smithfield. Tel. (401) 769-7601.

Avon Cinema. 260 Thayer St., Providence. Tel. (401) 421-3315. Opened in 1938.

Latchis Theater 50 Main St., Brattleboro. Tel. (802) 246-1500. Opened in 1938.

Star Theater of St. Johnsbury. Eastern Ave., St. Johnsbury. Tel. (802) 748--9511.

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