The Hollis Theatre

Elias M. Loew, an American success story, opened the Hollis Theatre on Hollis St. Framingham on Thursday September 8, 1938. It was the 43rd theatre in the E. M. Loew chain, which ran from New England to Florida. The Hollis was always considered the poor man’s movie palace, with a simple design, small and without a balcony. Here’s how the Hollis looked in it’s peak years.

The Hollis suffered from the effects of television, competition downtown from the St. George and Gorman, as well as the opening of the Cinema in Shoppers World, and closed in March of 1954. For awhile the building housed a ski school. It still stands today, as a church. Here’s a picture inside the auditorium the way it is today.

Downtown Framingham needs another venue to make it a destination. Although the Hollis is taken, there must be someplace else that could be used for entertainment. Maybe the old firestation given to Amazing Things will fill the bill.  Any other ideas out there?

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4 thoughts on “The Hollis Theatre

  1. DEE says:

    TOOK SKIING LESSONS AT THE OLD HOLLIS THEATER. PLACE CALLED BOB JOHNSON’S SKI SCHOOL. LEARNED TO SKI ON IMITATION GRASS.

    ALSO CAN REMEMBER GOING TO THE MOVIES THERE WHEN THEY GAVE AWAY DISHES. THEY WERE PRETTY. MY FAMILY COLLECTED A FEW SETS.

  2. Jim Rizoli says:

    The town is gone! The only destination that is there is for the illegals who have taken it over. Now we only have the memories of how things used to be.

  3. Tom Kearns says:

    The Hollis was the first theater I went to by myself as a little boy. It was 12 cents in the early fifties for the Saturday matinee, which was usually 2 old movies, some serial from the 30′s or 40′s and cartoons. It was old but all of us local kids loved it and had a lot of fun and even watched the movies when not throwing popcorn boxes. We lived on Claflin St until 1955 and could walk to the movies.

    • JIM RIZOLI says:

      The lowest I remember paying for a ticket was 25 cents.
      Either way the town is still gone with no hope of getting better….sold out to the illegals.

      Jim Rizoli

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