Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
4 Southbridge Street,
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Architects: Thomas White Lamb
Firms: Cutting, Carleton & Cutting
Functions: Performing Arts
Styles: French Renaissance
Previous Names: Franklin Square Theatre, Poli's Grand Theatre, Fox-Poli Palace Theatre, Loew's Poli Theatre, Showcase Cinemas
News About This Theater
- Mar 31, 2013 — "2001: A Space Odyssey" 45th Anniversary – The Cinerama Engagements
- May 21, 2010 — Happy 30th, "Empire"
- Jul 22, 2009 — Remembering Cinerama (Part 36: Worcester)
The former Fox-Poli Palace Theatre was built in 1926 on the site of, and incorporated part of, the Franklin Square Theatre which dated from 1904, and was later known as the Poli Grand Theatre.
The architect of the Fox-Poli Palace Theatre was Thomas Lamb, and it opened with 3,000 seats. At the time it was considered one of the most beautiful theaters in New England. It was taken over by the Loew’s chain until 1967 when it was aquired by National Amusements (Showcase Cinemas).
It was divided into four auditoriums. The lobby, mezzanine and balcony remain intact. Unfortunately, the stage and private boxes have been demolished. The theater was closed in 1998 when the chain built a 16 screen megaplex in the northern part of Worcester.
The non-profit Worcester Center for Performing Arts took control of the venue in December of 2002 and restoration/renovation began at that time.
The project was funded by a variety of sources, including tax credits, foundation grants and debt financing. The grand opening of the Hanover Theatre for the Peforming Arts was set for March 14, 2008.
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