Lenox Town Hall Theatre

6 Walker Street,
Lenox, MA 01240

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Lenox Town Hall Theatre

The Lenox Town Hall was built in 1901. Incorporated into the building is a multi-use auditorium with stage. It has been used over the decades as a social hall, opera house, a venue for live theatre, chamber music concerts, and movies. In the 1980s it featured art cinema programming.

The theatre is located less than two miles from the entrance to the Tanglewood Music Center, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 18, 2005 at 3:12 am

I went here to see a film on August 5, 1984 when the Italian film The Basileus Quartet by Fabio Carpi was the program. Rows of moveable seats were on the flat floor. Dark curtains, I believe, covered the windows that are on the hall. The projection was 35mm. They were equipped with both 35mm and 16mm. I noted that the picture was not bright enough and that the sound was not the best. I think the programs were seasonal. I do not remember programs from other years, and this was the only time I went. Perhaps some locals with good memories can give other details on the use of this place as a cinema.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on July 18, 2005 at 5:49 am

This was used as a cinema back in the 40’s as well. The status here should be open (although not as a cinema). See photos of it at http://www.cinematour.com/tour.php?db=us&id=17041

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 18, 2005 at 11:56 am

Roger, those are nice photos and I had looked at them before posting the theatre. The rear loft doesn’t show a projection booth. I don’t remember what the projection booth looked like when I went there. Do you know about that? What kind of programming was there in the 1940s? Art-house type films?

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 11, 2010 at 11:28 am

The Town Hall in Lenox is listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook as having 435 seats and open 1 day per week.

nicholasthaw on April 18, 2015 at 9:07 am

The Lenox Town Hall Cinema, “A Theater Near You”, was renovated in 1980 with fixed cinema seats and both 35mm and 16mm projectors purchased from the closed Toad Hall Cinema at the Music Inn. Sound and picture were admittedly awful, but we tried very hard. Largest grossing film was the Rocky Horror Picture Show. Management (in various combinations) previously operated both Toad Hall and the Holliston Art Theater in Lenox, with support from Pleasant Street in Northampton, the Pittsfield Drive In (!), and various art cinemas in Cambridge and indeed throughout the northeast (we had quite a network then).

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