Somerville Theatre and MOBA Blog – Boston Duck Tours Front shot of the Somerville Theater
The Somerville Theatre in Davis Square is a unique, historic theatre over 100 years old – It was originally built in 1914 as a vaudeville house and movie theatre. In addition to digital releases of current and older films – the theatre can present virtually any film format including old 35 mm and 70mm film prints! They also have shows, live music, dance, and comedy performances, as well as silent films with live musical accompaniment! The theatre offers popcorn, pepsi-cola products, Ice Cream as well as Wine and Beer for legal guests over the age 21! You can grab some popcorn and a craft beer and go enjoy a film in one of the unique screening rooms.

The first time I went to the Somerville Theatre I was impressed with the aesthetic and being able to enjoy a glass of wine with my movie – but I wasn’t ready for the surprise two-for-one experience when I went downstairs in the theatre to use the restroom after the movie: Located in the basement of the theatre I discovered The Museum of Bad Art – a collection of absurdly terrible and also glorious pieces of weird art. It turns out The Museum Of Bad Art (MOBA) is “the world’s only museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition and celebration of bad art in all its forms” according to their website.

MOBA was founded in the fall of 1993 was originally housed in the basement of a private home in Boston. Once their collection started growing the Dedham Community Theatre allowed MOBA the use of their basement for their first permanent gallery, and sticking with the theme opened up their second gallery in the basement of The Somerville Theater. There is an additional gallery in Brookline and they now exhibit online, publish an email newsletter, and offer a book, Museum of Bad Art : Masterworks you can purchase for the art lover (or hater) in your life. They now have over 600 pieces in their permanent collection, displaying around 50-70 pieces throughout Boston at any given time.

Located in Davis Square, there are tons of things to do in the area including stores and places to eat, so a trip to the Somerville Theatre and the Museum of Bad Art is a fun, off the beaten path adventure to tell friends and family about!