Abbott Hall

Bradford Street,
Forge Village,
Westford, MA 01886

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Abbott Hall was located within the Abbott Worsted Mills complex in the Forge Village section of Westford MA. It began operations around 1920 and was still open as of 1941. It was an example of a factory-run cinema operation, although one was not required to be a mill employee to attend movies there. Shows were presented on Tuesdays and on Saturdays.

Abbott Worsted was a fabric mill which employed a large number of people. Some of the old mill buildings are still standing but Abbott Hall was demolished in March, 1980.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 14, 2010 at 11:40 am

Abbott Mills also had a band and a soccer team, and possibly other employee organizations. This theater was included in the MGM Theatre Photograph and Report project. There is a photo of Abbott Hall taken in May 1941. There was no cinema signage on the exterior, and sets of steps leading up from the sidewalk. The Report says that Abbott Hall had been a MGM customer for 7 years, that it had opened to films in 1920, that it sat 450 on one level, using movable seating. And that it was located in Abbott Worsted mills.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 14, 2010 at 11:46 am

Abbott Hall is listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook as having 400 seats and open 2 days per week. It was the only film venue listed in the FDY for Forge Village and for Westford MA. From a Google search for Abbott Worsted I learned that the 2 days of operation for this cinema were Tuesdays and Saturdays.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 15, 2010 at 11:00 am

Abbott Hall was located on Bradford Street near the intersection with Pleasant St., and near Forge Pond.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 16, 2010 at 11:19 am

Another mill-owned movie theater in MA was at Corticelli Mills in Florence. It had 300 seats.

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