The History of the Exeter Street
- Boston, Massachusetts -
The Exeter Street Theatre was
located at the corner of Newbury and Exeter Streets, in Boston,
Massachusetts. She became famous, worldwide, and was referred to as the
Grand Dame of Boston Theaters.
It closed its doors quietly in
1974, with no fanfare, under the direction of Viola and Florence Berlin. It
was believed that this grand institution should fade away with dignity.
That it did, and we have been quiet for many years.
pen and ink original newspaper
Did you know that the Exeter
Street Theatre was owned, operated, and managed by the First Spiritual
Temple, now in Brookline, Massachusetts? Did you ever attended a lecture in
the lower auditorium?
Berlin in her office at the F.S.T./ Exeter Theatre.
The history of the Exeter
Street Theatre has been kept quiet since 1974. Because so many have claimed
to know the history of the Theatre and have been so inaccurate in their
proclamation, we decided to speak out, so that everyone will know her true
and miraculous story. Thus, true memories can live on!
Many people seem to think that
those who operated the Exeter Street Theatre are separated by many years
from those of us at the First Spiritual Temple, today. That is not true. We
of the current day had many years of experience with the Theatre, working
and managing the theater, itself, and working with the Berlin sisters.
There is no one who knows the
authentic history of the Exeter Street Theatre except for our Church
historian, Rev. Stephen Fulton. He not only served the Church, itself, but
worked, for many years, as the Theatre's chief projectionist. His research
during that period and during the period in which the Church relocated from
Exeter Street, Boston, to our current location, in Brookline, has given him
this distinct advantage.
If you, yourself, are not
familiar with the Exeter Street Theatre, but you or your family grew up anywhere
in the Greater Boston area, then, chances are, your parents or grandparents
can tell you the wonderful stories of the old Exeter Street Theatre --Just
It was a theater where people
did not call to see WHAT movie was playing, but called only to determine if
the movie had changed. People never questioned the movies at the old
Exeter; they knew they were always great choices.
"Draper" Evans, a dedicated employee at work.
As time goes on, this portion
of our web site will have pictures and historical information on the old
Exeter Theatre. We have asked a few people to write articles expressing
their involvement with the Theatre over many years of service.
The association of the First
Spiritual Temple to the Exeter Street Theatre creates a fascinatingly
wonderful history. So many people have such wonderful stories to share
about their days at the Exeter Street Theatre. We plan to create a section
for you to share your memories.
If you would like to send us
stories and memories that you have of the old Grand Dame of Boston
Theaters, once known as the Exeter Street Theatre, we will start preparing
them. Please e-mail them directly to Rev.
So, if you would please
purchase your tickets at the box office, the line forms outside, around the
corner, on Newbury Street; for ticket holders only. And please remember, we
do not sell popcorn or soft drinks. Did you know that when the Exeter
Street Theatre reopened, under new management, the very fact that popcorn
was sold created a grand fanfare in the local newspapers? How times have
changed! Looking forward to sharing with you.
Rev. Stephen Fulton,
First Spiritual Temple
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