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Will The Circle Be Unbroken?

Posted by Jim Botticelli  October 7, 2013 11:10 PM

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              What will become of the Circle Theater's iconic sign? Boston Globe Photo

"Susan, looks like I'm losin'. I'm losin' my mind. I'm wastin' my time." ... The Buckinghams

The Buckinghams could be all wet. Susan Legere and Susan Bregman a.k.a. "The Two Susans" are on a mission. That mission has been reported on our Facebook page Dirty Old Boston and in the paper edition of The Boston Globe by cultural journalist Christopher Muther. Because Mid-Century cultural artifacts are fading away we call your attention to this once again. A Facebook page called Long Live Circle Cinema is working hard for the original sign, still in decent shape, which has been the theater's calling card since it opened in 1940. There is hope.
Cleveland Circle in 1948. Courtesy City of Boston Archives

The Circle Theater as it was originally known was opened in 1940 and at the time was considered suburban, even though it stood at the Cleveland Circle/Brookline border, an area now considered well within city limits. It had one screen, wide aisles and was considered the be all and end all of the movie-going experience. It got a makeover in 1965 and by 1976 the theater was subdivided  and renamed The Circle Cinemas. Most patrons admit that certain mini theaters within the complex were less desirable than certain larger ones and following the home video revolution of the early 80's, the small screens were unacceptable to many. One thing remained constant. That black-lettered sign that says "Circle" has been there all 73 years, and with Demolition Man coming soon, it needs a home. This writer is in favor of putting it up square over the circle as you come in from BC. Funding would be needed. A few social events with a $25 cover and BYOB DJ events? A commercial property owner across the street is willing to put it up on his building. He'd get by with a little help from his friends. If you are interested in involving yourself in this undertaking, write If you have a venue, DJ skills and a desire to preserve icons the Two Susans want YOU! Jump in. This writer will be happy to supply the DJ's if a venue operator steps forward. It could be BYOB or cash bar.
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Jim Botticelli, a 1976 Northeastern University graduate, is a retired Boston Public Schools teacher. In college, he drove a cab and learned the city's cow paths. An avid collector of More »

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