History

Opened in 1935, Theatre Pharmacy is located on busy Massachusetts Avenue in the middle of Lexington Center. As the name implies, it is close to the only movie theater in Lexington. Theatre Pharmacy is also the only independent pharmacy in Lexington. We are proud of our history, Theatre is a family pharmacy. In 1935, Venier’s father, Ettore P. Venier, R. Ph. opened his own pharmacy when he couldn’t find a full time job. “Throughout the Depression years, the store prospered, even in competition with seven other pharmacies in town,” said owner Chris Venier. “And we are the last one standing.”



After World War II many of Lexington’s young adults came back to their hometown to start families. They returned to Theatre Pharmacy with their own children and introduced the third generation of customers. Today many of those children are adults raising families in Lexington and returning to the pharmacy of their childhood.

The store has had three locations within the same block of Massachusetts Avenue. With each move it added floor space. In the second location, where the current stationary store is, Venier remembers the soda fountain of his youth. In 1952, at age of 12, he started working after school, wearing a white coat, scraping gum off the stools and serving up sodas. The store then represented its time with a tobacco counter, candy counter with jars of candy purchased by weight, and the pharmacy counter as well.






In 1962 Chris Venier graduated from Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and went into business with his dad. Venier said he had the ideal situation with his dad at the helm until Chris turned 28, and in 1968 he took over the business.

“He was a tremendous mentor. He really believed in service and did a great job of teaching me. I was very lucky to get to work with him,” said Venier. The elder Venier worked part time with his son until he retired completely in 1975. Older customers might remember both father and son working together. 

 

 

 
Theatre Pharmacy
1784 Massachusetts Ave
Lexington, MA 02420
Phone: (781) 862.4480
Fax: (781) 860.9567
Hours:  M-F 8-8 Sat 9-6 Sun 9-2


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