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Boston’s speakeasy scene celebrates the Gatsby era

It’s been 80 years since the time in Massachusetts history when it was illegal to buy or sell alcohol. Those days are long gone, but the concept of the once necessary “speakeasies,” or hidden bars and lounges, have transformed into lively (and legal) night-life hot spots. The 1920s enchantment of the Prohibition era is alive and kicking, and there is no better time to honor that era than with “The Great Gatsby” playing in our movie theaters.

In case you’re curious: Massachusetts cast its vote to repeal Prohibition and ratify the 21st Amendment on June 26, 1933.

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