Barry Schneier didn't capture photos of Springsteen on May 9th at a regular concert venue - normally visited by Cambridge locals for movies throughout the week, Harvard Square Theater did not boast the description "concert venue" very often - let alone for shows that would become instrumental in the careers of the performers. The theater represented a step up for Springsteen, who had previously spent his visits to Cambridge performing at Charlie's Place or other smaller venues. In the shots of the soundcheck, and even in the background of the main piano shot on our homepage, you can see how the band and all the equipment were crowded on the stage that was unaccustomed to everything that comes along with live music.
Opened in the 1920's, Harvard Square Theater underwent renovations and changes in ownership throughout its life. The doors were closed in 2012, and it has yet to be reopened by the current owners. Today the only place to see movies in the square is the Brattle Street theater, while HST sits with its "for lease" signs plastered where the upcoming shows were once listed.
The May 9th show 1974 added an important piece to the history of Harvard Square Theater as well as the up and coming New Jersey singer. At Gallery 5.9.1974 we look forward to digging deeper into the history of the theater!