Days after Harvard Square’s main movie theater closed, the owner of the Charles Street Hotel has purchased the property where generations of students used to watch Hollywood flicks on weekends and slow week nights.

Dick Friedman’s Carpenter & Co. is making it pretty clear that, no, the building at 10 Church Street will not be reopened as a movie theater. He has no plans yet for the site, but he has a pretty good track record of producing cutting-edge developments that people enjoy or are at least proud of.

But what’s a little curious about this deal is how fast the theater was sold to Friedman’s company. Do you think AMC Loews was a little nervous some sort of zoning restrictions being slapped on the property before it could put it on the block? Who knows. Whatever. But it sure looked like it was in a hurry to close the curtains for good.

File under: That’s a wrap!

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John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

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For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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