Town Hall

Main Street,
Oxford, MA 01540

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The municipal auditorium in Oxford MA was used as a commercial cinema operation for many years. It was once common for town hall auditoriums in smaller towns to be used for professional live shows and movies. Further information welcomed.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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Ken Roe
Ken Roe on April 28, 2007 at 8:50 am

The 1950 edition of Film Daily Yearbook also lists the 350 seat Memorial Theatre as the only theatre in Oxford. In the 1941 & 1943 editions of F.D.Y. the Town Hall is listed as the only theatre in the town with a seating capacity given as 300.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 29, 2007 at 7:20 am

Oxford is located to the southwest of Worcester. The MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for the Town Hall in Oxford has an exterior photo dated May 1941. It was an imposing brick building at least 3 stories high with gothic windows above and a center entrance. There appear to be small poster boards on each side of the entrance. The Report states that the Town Hall is on Main St., that it has been a MGM customer for over 6 years; that it’s over 15 years old; in Poor condition, and serves a Rural clientel. Seating was given as 450 on the main floor and 100 in the balcony, but someone crossed out those figures and wrote in “Total 400”. Competing theatres are the Liberty and State in nearby Webster, and the 1940 population of Oxford was 4,600.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 11, 2010 at 11:47 am

The 1927 Film Daily Yearbook lists Memorial Hall in Oxford, the town’s only cinema listing, as having 400 seats and open 2 days per week. From postings made above, it seems very likely that Memorial Hall and Town Hall were one in the same.

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