Somerville Theatre celebrates its 100th birthday Landmark celebrates 100 years in a changing neighborhood. With Technicolor, naturally. ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page The Somerville Theatre is celebrating its 100th birthday on May 11, and marks the occasion with the same kind of event that opened the theater - vaudeville plus movies. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff Owner Richard Fraiman and general manager Ian Judge (right). The Somerville Theatre turns 100 years old on May 11. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff Ian Judge doesn’t own the Somerville Theatre, but he still considers it his “baby.” He’s been general manager since 2002, and he knows its secrets (it’s haunted), its history (there was a Prohibition speakeasy in the basement), and its lore (speakeasy patrons hid bottles in the ceiling). Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff The Somerville Theatre has been owned by only three families in its history — the Hobbs family, the Viano family, and the Fraiman family. Melvin Fraiman, now 91, was in the real estate business and bought it because of his longtime love of movies, according to his son Richard, who now is the boss. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff The interior of the Somerville Theatre. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff An owl in the corner led the way to the theaters. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff The Museum of Bad Art is in the basement of the Somerville Theatre. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff Rows of lenses inside the projection booth. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff Old signs inside the the Somerville Theatre. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff Popcorn at the concession stand. A postcard image of the Somerville Theatre from "The Lost Theatres of Somerville" exhibition (2003-2004). The Somerville Theatre in 1986. The band U2 performed at the Somerville Theatre in 2009. Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe Steve Earle performed at the Somerville Theatre in 2008. Actor Kevin Kline (left) signed autographs for fans before the Independent Film Festival at the Somerville Theatre in 2010. Dr. Maya Angelou delivered poetry to an audience of Tufts University students at the Somerville Theatre in 1997.