Steps away from the Davis Square T station, the Somerville Theatre opened in 1914 as a vaudeville and movie venue, transitioning into the picture business full-time during the Great Depression. The Somerville’s tradition of attracting audiences by giving away prizes like turkeys and appliances ended in the 1970s, but a crowd-pleasing, multi-purpose spirit is still intact. As well as showing new, one-off and second-run movies, the theater is also a concert venue for major acts and the hospitable home of the Independent Film Festival Boston every spring. Four smaller screens were added in 1996, but the original colorful, gold-and-plaster main theater remains in good shape. Beer and wine are sold for all shows, and like its sister theater, the Capitol, the Somerville’s ticket prices slightly undercut competitors: $9 for evening shows and $6 for weekday matinees and weekend shows before 6pm.
|Venue name:||Somerville Theatre||Contact:|
55 Davis Square
|Cross street:||at Elm Street|
|Transport:||Red line to Davis|
|Price:||Tickets $9; $6 reductions.|