Norwood Theatre

109 Central Street,
Norwood, MA 02062

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Previously operated by: General Cinema Corp., George A. Giles Co.

Architects: William G. Upham

Functions: Live Theater, Movies, Performing Arts

Styles: Spanish Gothic

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 781.551.9000

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Norwood Theatre interior - post renovation (10/2012)

Opened on August 31, 1927. Located right in the center of town, facing the town common, the Norwood Theatre was designed for motion pictures but also included a stage for possible vaudeville and theatrical productions.

From 1997 until 2009, it was home to the Fiddlehead Theatre Company, which produced an annual season of primarily musical theatre.

The former balcony, which was divided off from the main floor to become a second cinema screen (not sure when), was used for children’s theatre.

It was taken over by new owners in January 2010 and the auditorium reverted back to a single space. After renovations and restoration, it was reopened as a performing arts center, with some film programming on September 1, 2012

Contributed by Ron Newman

Recent comments (view all 38 comments)

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 12, 2009 at 7:37 pm

Note that in the 1980 photo, the name of the theater, as posted on the marquee,seems to be just plain “Cinema”.

snorwood on January 11, 2010 at 2:29 pm

The Norwood Theatre (no relation to me!) has recently been sold. I believe that the plan is to renovate and upgrade the building and then re-open to host various types of events, primarily live stage productions.

article here: View link

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 11, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Status should be changed from Open to Closed/Renovating/Restoring.

hamichael on January 12, 2010 at 4:03 am

Official website is now
Please visit often to check on the progress of the renovations as well as events.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 20, 2010 at 6:42 pm

According to the website, the balcony partition which created the upstairs screen has been removed, so the auditorium is now whole or “single” again.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on July 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm

An article in today’s Boston Globe (maybe only in the Globe South regional edition) says:

Susan Lewis of Dover and South Carolina … bought the old Norwood Theatre and is carrying out a multimillion-dollar restoration. With a new beer and wine license almost in hand, Lewis will offer the space for arts and other events when it opens in August 2012. First up, three months before that grand opening, is a bridal shower, she said.

snorwood on August 21, 2012 at 3:43 pm

The Norwood Theatre will re-open on September 1 with a live musical performance by the Hal McIntyre Orchestra. On September 2, there will be two free screenings of the film “Mary Poppins.”

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 26, 2013 at 6:38 pm

Communications media people teach that a TV commercial has failed when viewers cannot figure out what is being advertised by whom. Last night (Sat.) on the 11PM local news on WBZ-TV there was a commercial about 30 seconds or more long. There were at least two exterior views of the Norwood Theatre and several very nice interior shots. This was the first and only time that I have seen this commercial. I don’t have the slightest idea what was being advertised or who was behind it, but the pictures were great!

DENNISMAHANEY1 on December 19, 2015 at 5:39 pm

GENERAL CINEMA ran this beautiful theater I would stop by as a fellow manager for a visit always love the setting face the common at that time really nice downtown theater

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