The Return of the Somerville Theatre

The Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, Somerville, Massachusetts is one of Jim’s all-time favorite cinema haunts. But since March of 2020 the pandemic’s kept the theatre closed. But good news awaits those fans of cinema, and seeing films projected in formats such as 35MM and 70MM, the Somerville Theatre is set to reopen its doors later this summer, and with some exciting new changes.

Joining Jim and Teal to discuss those changes, and what the Somerville Theatre has in store for fans of all types of entertainment is Ian Judge, Creative Director of The Somerville Theatre. Ian’s spent a good portion of his professional life managing cinemas, including the past 19 at the Somerville Theatre.

The Somerville Theatre celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014. For more than 100 years this space has provided the densely populated city outside of Boston, MA with entertainment ranging from shows and movies, and all sorts of events. Beginning later this summer, 2021, the Somerville Theatre will reopen its doors to the public to show movies once more. And come the fall, music returns to the area in a big way with a new 500-person capacity ballroom that should serve Somerville well since Johnny D’s closed back in 2018.

And, of course, big on Jim’s mind was 70mm. Will the Somerville Theatre still continue to show 70mm films? You bet your butts they will. Hear all the news, and Ian’s journey as a long-time film fan, with this audio-only podcast episode.

View from the balcony of Somerville Theatre’s main house, which seats 870 people.

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