4. The opening of downtown multiplexes
Movie houses used to dot the Boston landscape, but even those with multiple screens tended to be small and uncomfortable, making the city one of the worst-served cinema-loving locales in the country. The modern movie era arrived here in 2000 with the Regal Fenway Stadium 13, which brought stadium seating, monster screens, and digital sound. A year later, the Loews Boston Common opened on the former site of the Astor (Tremont) Theatre and became a bustling magnet for moviegoers.