MLA to host free screening event at Coolidge Corner Theatre

Did you know that Boston City Hall once had cascading water fountains or that the original Legal Sea Foods started in Inman Square in Cambridge?

Copley Square & the State House, Boston Public Library.

’GBHers are invited to take in the sights and sounds of Boston’s neighborhoods 50 years ago at a special screening by WGBH’s Media Library and Archives at the Coolidge Corner Theatre Tues, 10/8 at 7pm.

You’ll see excerpts from WGBH’s Michael Ambrosino’s Show (1969-1970), during which host Michael Ambrosino took viewers on a tour of Boston neighborhoods and spoke to locals about the history, highlights, and contemporary concerns in their communities. (In case you don’t know, Michael was a WGBH executive producer/director from 1956 to 1976 and created NOVA.)

The screening will be followed by a discussion with Michael, Boston City Archaeologist Joseph Bagley, and Karen Cariani, David O. Ives Executive Director of the WGBH Media Library and Archives.

Although this event is free and open to the public, an RSVP is required. Please feel free to share with your family and friends!


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Leah Weisse

Thanks to quick work by a bunch of people in the MLA, the digitized episodes of Michael Ambrosino’s Show are now available on Open Vault and in the AAPB Online Reading Room! Links below:

Barbara Levitov

Tried to register for movie. Signed up for Coolidge. Still no luck. I’ll see you there.

Alex Pirie

An archeaologist? 1968 doesn’t seem all that long ago! ;-)

Ditto on Dan Beach – out of towner’s and previous commitmenters unite, you have nothing to lose but your Ambrosinos!

Leah Weisse

Stay tuned! The entire Michael Ambrosino’s Show series is under review for possible streaming on one of these websites: (Open Vault) or (AAPB)

Thanks for your interest, it helps us to convince others of the value of what we have and the need to share it!

Leah Weisse, WGBH Media Library and Archives

Dan Beach

Dare I hope that out-of-owners might be able to access this online somewhere. Michael’s shows will be a delight to re-see, 50 years later.