BAHS Home | Photo Collection

Allston Brighton Theatres

Egyptian Theatre at 326 Washington St in Brighton Center was built in 1929 and owned by the New England Theatres Operating Company (NETOCO). It could accommodate 1,700 patrons. The Egyptian occupied the site of the present Elk's Hall in Brighton Center until the late 1950s. 

Dennis Minihane remembers the Egyptian: "Big theater. I think it was 6 cents to get in, and you’d come into the great, big, beautiful lobby, and they had the refreshment stand there. They always offered a couple of movies and a serial to keep you busy. And I remember, as kids, when we were leaving the theater, if you’d seen Gene Autry or one of the famous westerns, that was the role you would play on the way home with the other kids. We’d just cut over the hill off of Chestnut Hill Avenue to Eastburn Street, where I lived. But it was a beautiful theater".

Egyptian Theater 1946

Egyptian Theatre Lobby

Egyptian Theatre Interior Promenade

Egyptian Theatre Interior

Egyptian Theatre Interior

Architect's drawing of the Egyptian Theatre

For more information on the Egyptian Theatre <click here>

Capitol Theatre at 1266 Commonwealth Ave at Gorham St in 1932.  It was built c1925 and is currently the site of CVS .  It was demolished in 1962.  The sign says "New Reduce Prices.  All seats 55 cents"

Capitol Theatre Rest Room

Allston Theatre in 1913 at 128 Brighton Avenue near the southeast corner of Harvard Avenue just before the Grand Opening on October 24. The Allston Theatre, a handsome Renaissance Revival style building, was intended originally for stage performances, but was eventually converted into a motion picture house. An important local landmark, emblematic of the upscale character of the South Allston neighborhood in the early years of the 20th century, the theater was demolished in 1965

Brighton and Harvard Ave 1920 with the Allston Theatre on the right

Allston Theatre c1925

The Brighton Theatre (c1930), also known as “The Barn”, was built c1915 for silent movies at 400 Market St and was Brighton Center's first motion picture theater.   It was located on the site of the present municipal parking lot behind the Washington Building in Brighton Center.   The theater was also sometimes referred to as “Billy Wood’s,” after its owner/manager. The Brighton Theater closed shortly after the construction in 1929 of the much larger and and far more elaborate Egyptian Theatre, which was equipped for sound movies.

Entrance to the Brighton Theatre

Brighton Theatre Building

Brighton Theatre Program from 1916

Click on the following links for related information on Allston Brighton Theatres

BAHS Home | Photo Collection