The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

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Wow - - I hadn't seen that electonic scoreboard showing live scores from inside the Garden before. That's an awesome idea....love it!!!!!
Yeah, it's been there for a few years at least, but not too noticeable if you happen by when no game is in progress. The rest of the time it just looks like an annoying ad. What would be cool is if it always showed some sort of pertinent information about local sports or Garden events when not in use as an actual scoreboard.
 

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Yeah, it's been there for a few years at least, but not too noticeable if you happen by when no game is in progress. The rest of the time it just looks like an annoying ad. What would be cool is if it always showed some sort of pertinent information about local sports or Garden events when not in use as an actual scoreboard.
"Madonna: 'Like a Prayer/Vogue (medley)' | Approx 57min remain in set"
 

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My favorite photos of this development are from Charlestown, where in the foreground is pure mid/late-1800's and in the background, are high rises in a newly revitalized neighborhood.
 

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I agree that we need some taller buildings to break up the plateau, but one thing people havent mentioned is we need some shorter buildings too to create the step back effect from the water to what we already have. Both have their place in breaking up the monotony and buzzcut effect.
 

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Unsure if it's open already, but Arclight is closing their theaters. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/arclight-cinemas-and-pacific-theatres-to-close
Arclight at Hub on Causeway opened in Nov/Dec 2019. I saw ~10 movies there by the time the pandemic struck—I must’ve been their #1 patron. I actually almost cried yesterday when I read the news about Arclight closing shop. Boston was so blessed to land one; they really were the cream of the crop for film enthusiasts and industry filmmakers.

I am very concerned about the adverse impact not one but two new theater closures in downtown Boston will have on food/service industry establishments’ ability to draw customers. Cinemas historically incubated foot traffic that supported local restaurants, boutique shops, and other services. The losses of Arclight and Showcase Icon Seaport will unfortunately elongate the recovery of the restaurants in their neighborhoods.

Fuck this pandemic!
 

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Arclight at Hub on Causeway opened in Nov/Dec 2019. I saw ~10 movies there by the time the pandemic struck—I must’ve been their #1 patron. I actually almost cried yesterday when I read the news about Arclight closing shop. Boston was so blessed to land one; they really were the cream of the crop for film enthusiasts and industry filmmakers.

I am very concerned about the adverse impact not one but two new theater closures in downtown Boston will have on food/service industry establishments’ ability to draw customers. Cinemas historically incubated foot traffic that supported local restaurants, boutique shops, and other services. The losses of Arclight and Showcase Icon Seaport will unfortunately elongate the recovery of the restaurants in their neighborhoods.

Fuck this pandemic!
These theater spaces are highly customized, and there's no real market for more retail, so hope can rest in the idea of another cinema opening in one or both of the two shuttered locations in the next 4-5 years.
 

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These theater spaces are highly customized, and there's no real market for more retail, so hope can rest in the idea of another cinema opening in one or both of the two shuttered locations in the next 4-5 years.
Much likelier that it's been retrofit as research space in 4-5 years.
 

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Much likelier that it's been retrofit as research space in 4-5 years.
I hear you, but do you really think the market for outside-of-the-home entertainment won't rebound after the pandemic? I think people will be craving things like this, it's more a matter of whether the system can tolerate vacant space long enough so that it can intersect with that opportunity.
 

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I saw a preview of Birds of Prey at the Arclight last February; it was the second-to-last theater I went to before the shutdown. It is a beautiful space.

Only tangentially related: another chain that closed down is Cinemagic, which while small ran almost all the large cineplexes in southern Maine and NH (including the only two IMAX screens up here).
 

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I hear you, but do you really think the market for outside-of-the-home entertainment won't rebound after the pandemic? I think people will be craving things like this, it's more a matter of whether the system can tolerate vacant space long enough so that it can intersect with that opportunity.
Actually, I thought Arclight of all cinemas would survive because they could make a living on midnight screenings, classic films, and some lingering demand for nostalgic cinema experiences. The writing's on the wall for this whole industry, though. By 2023 no major release will be through anything but the studio's streaming service.
 

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Actually, I thought Arclight of all cinemas would survive because they could make a living on midnight screenings, classic films, and some lingering demand for nostalgic cinema experiences. The writing's on the wall for this whole industry, though. By 2023 no major release will be through anything but the studio's streaming service.
Similar writing was on the wall regarding printed books when eReaders came out.
 

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Borders is gone and B&N is perpetually hanging by a thread (mostly by selling an eReader). I don't think that example proves the point...
I wasn't talking about stores. I was talking about consumer preference for a particular type of experience (reading a physical/paper book, vs. an eBook). I believe it's fairly well known that, while eBooks certainly sell, they did not have the armageddon-type effect on paper book production that some thought would occur. In fact, there's strong data that a sizable market for paper books will endure:

The analogy I am drawing is that there still may be a strong market for the theater experience, even if not as large as previously.
 
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