Fine Arts Theatre

19 Summer Street,
Maynard, MA 01754

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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 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

PNRNetworks on October 12, 2013 at 8:03 am

The website now lists the theater as “Closed”.

longislandmovies on September 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm

THEATER # 1 IS 405
THEATER 2 —160

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MPol on October 30, 2010 at 6:21 am

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

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 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 9:29 am

The book Maynard, Massachusetts: A House in the Village, by Jan Voogd, says that the Fine Arts opened in 1949.

MPol on May 14, 2009 at 10:49 am

So….the Fine Arts Theatre in Maynard, MA still looks the same! I’ll be darned!

MPol on August 19, 2008 at 7:16 pm

I remember the Fine Arts Theatre in Maynard, MA. as being another theatre that I went to a number of times back in the 1960’s, as a high school kid. It was a popular theatre, not only with Maynard residents, but with kids from Lincoln, Sudbury and some other reasonably nearby towns as well. I remember seeing a number of films there, including “Georgie Girl”, “Oliver”, “Endless Summer” and “Lion in Winter”, as well as “Easy Rider”. Again, often enough, one ran the risk of not being able to get into the movies, especially on a Friday or Saturday night if they didn’t get theire early enough to get a ticket…it was a first-come, first-served basis. Since this movie theatre was popular enough so that it drew a lot of people from Lincoln and Sudbury, MA, my friends and I would invariably meet up with other kids that we knew. What a coincidence!

btw, I recognized the Fine Arts Theatre in Maynard, MA right off of the bat. It hasn’t changed. Too bad that the proprietors of the theatre felt compelled to do up to date first-run schlock in order to stay afloat.

kencmcintyre on November 9, 2006 at 3:02 pm

We had a theater like that in Bargaintown, NJ when I was a teenager. The projectionist was the same guy that took the tickets at the front door. He also came down from the booth occasionally to sell popcorn, so you had to catch him when he was manning the snackbar if you were hungry.

svogel33 on November 9, 2006 at 1:56 pm

I was one of the managers of the Fine Arts Theater from September 1985 until March 1986. I have many fond memories of the theater. The projectors then used carbon arc rods (I think that’s what they were called) to create the light to project the film. We served premium ice cream and coffee—rare for cinemas to serve back then. One other unique thing about the theater is (or was) that the projectionist has to scamper across the roof to get to the booth for the smaller of the theaters. There were only two then now I guess there are three. I remember he had to shovel a path through the snow on the roof to get there. One night during a snow storm we went on the roof and threw snowballs down onto the passing cars. Oh, the memories!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 5, 2006 at 8:37 am

Listed in the Film Daily Yearbook;1950 edition with a seating capacity of 425.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 5, 2006 at 8:14 am

The Fine Arts Theatre in Maynard was included in the MGM Theatre Photograph and Report project, but unfortunately, no one got around to filling out the Report. There is an exterior photo and, judging from the cars on the street, it was taken circa-1950, 9 years later than most of the other theatre photos for the project were taken. The building was a plain, modern box with “Fine Arts” in script letters atop the canopy over the sidewalk.