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MHS&M: Boston History-Washington St: From Scollay Square to the Combat Zone

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Anthony Sammarco presents his latest book "The Other Thin Line: Washington Street, From Scollay Square to the Combat Zone."

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The Other Red Line is literally the connecting point between Scollay Square and the Combat Zone, the two preeminent adult entertainment districts in Boston. With burlesque houses such as the Old Howard and the Crawford House, movie palaces began to open, showing silent films accompanied by a pianist, news reels and comedy acts. The New Palace Theatre, the Star Theatre, the Theatre Comique and the Scollay Square Olympia offered vaudeville as well as silent films, which were a novelty at the time. With so many people seeking entertainment in Scollay Square, restaurants, bars and sandwich shops offered an entertaining evening out, and it became a destination.

Co-sponsored with the Friends of the Charlotte and William Medford Public Library.

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