Fine Arts Theatre

19 Summer Street,
Maynard, MA 01754

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LOBBY 9/10/2012

Originally built as a livery stable, then a garage, the Fine Arts Theatre opened in June 1949. This charming, independently owned triplex has managed to remain in business for decades despite the competition of nearby megaplexes. The first time I visited the Fine Arts Theatre was in the 1970’s when the theatre primarily exhibited foreign and independent films (I saw “Cousin Cousine” there).

The theatre showed mainstream first run fare. The main auditorium features Asian-style artwork on the walls. The other two auditoriums, which I presume were built at a later date, are small and nondescript. It was closed for renovation in 2013, and money is being raised to install digital projection. It was reopened in the Fall of 2014.

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MPol on October 29, 2010 at 11:22 am

Hi, Ron. Thanks for posting the interesting preview of the book about Maynard, Ma, and for the heads-up about when the Fine Arts Theatre first opened.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 29, 2010 at 11:36 am

An advertisement for both the Peoples and Fine Arts theatres is on page 92 of this book:

Maynard: Postcard History Series by Paul Boothroyd

The caption under the ad says: “On May 6, 1921, Peoples Theatre on Nason Street was opened with a license to show moving pictures. In June 1949, the Fine Arts Theatre, a moving picture house on Summer Street, was opened. A few years later, Peoples was closed, and the Fine Arts became the only moving picture theatre in town.”

The FIne Arts advertised itself as ‘Showing Quality American, English and Foreign Films.’ The movies advertised for the “Week of December 31” are Madeleine and Rocking Horse Winner, both ‘English Made’. Madeleine came out in 1950 so I assume this is when the ad ran. Admission was 55 cents, or 25 cents for children accompanied by adults. There are ‘Daily Broadcasts from WKOX Framingham’ but this is not otherwise explained in the ad.

MPol on October 30, 2010 at 6:21 am

Interesting info, Ron. Thanks again for the heads-up.

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longislandmovies on September 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm

THEATER # 1 IS 405
THEATER 2 —160

PNRNetworks on October 12, 2013 at 8:03 am

The website now lists the theater as “Closed”.

lee_601 on November 2, 2013 at 9:47 pm

The Fine Arts in only closed for renovation. The old web site that says it’s closed is for the former tenant. The new owners web site is and their Facebook page is

lee_601 on November 14, 2014 at 11:31 am

The Maynard Fine Arts Theater is open after renovation. Two screens are operating with the third promised to be operating soon. The new owners are still raising money for digital equipment. But being a film theater they were able to open Interstellar two days before the multiplexes, thanks to Christopher Nolan’s love of film.

lee_601 on March 6, 2022 at 11:52 am

An update with sad news but with some hope for the future, Fine Arts Theatre Place was doing well after it reopening in 2014. Covid cause a shutdown and then a limited reopening with spaced seating. Just as things were getting more normal Steve Trumble, the owner who oversaw the renovation and really save the theatre, unexpectedly died in March 2021 and the theatre has been closed. As of the beginning of this year there are new owners who hope to open the theatre soon.

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