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The Modern Theatre is a theatre on Washington Street in Boston, Massachusetts. It first opened in 1876 as the Dobson Building designed by Levi Newcomb. It was renovated in 1914 as a movie theatre by architect Clarence Blackall; by 1980 it had fallen into neglect and dilapidation. In 2009–2010 Suffolk University demolished the building but retained the original facade of the theatre, and constructed a new building on the site.[1] Suffolk's new Modern Theatre opened on November 4, 2010.[2]

Modern Theatre
ClarenceBlackall theatre4 Boston AmericanArchitect March1915.png
(1915)
Coordinates42°21′15″N 71°03′44″W / 42.35415°N 71.06210°W / 42.35415; -71.06210Coordinates: 42°21′15″N 71°03′44″W / 42.35415°N 71.06210°W / 42.35415; -71.06210
OwnerSuffolk University
TypeTheatre
Capacity185
Construction
Opened1876
Renovated1914, 2010
ArchitectLevi Newcomb (original)
Clarence H. Blackall (conversion)
Childs Bertman Tseckares (renovation)
Website
www2.suffolk.edu/moderntheatre/

The theatre is on the National Register of Historic Places (1979) and designated as a Boston Landmark (1995).[3]

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The theater was the first to show a sound film in Boston, (The Jazz Singer in 1928,[4]) and the first to show a double feature.[5]

At one point called The Mayflower Theatre, during the 1970s it showed adult films.[6]

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