Cumings Theatre

25 Blossom Street,
Fitchburg, MA 01420

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Cumings Theatre

The Cumings Theatre was opened November 17, 1899 with a stage production of “The Gay Debutante”. By 1926 it was showing movies. It was still open in 1957.

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petermetzke on April 24, 2008 at 7:21 pm

John Philip Sousa – known as the “ March King ” performed a Grand Concert at the Cumings Theater
on the evening of Friday – January 17, 1902.
For people interested in his other concert performances in Fitchburg, as well as a history into the other old theaters of Fitchburg I have included a link below.
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tobaccocard on June 16, 2008 at 1:01 pm

On Saturday April 13, 1907. Thomas Jefferson Starred in Rip Van Winkle at the Cumings Theatre.

A broadside adverting this play will be posted at within the next few days.


petermetzke on June 17, 2008 at 4:03 am

tobaccocard – Thanks for this information, I will keep an eye out for it on your site.
In 1905 Thomas Jefferson also starred in the same play in New York at Wallack’s Theatre, there being a very long and interesting history not only to the play but also the book., after being revised by Dion Boucicault.
Washington Irving was to follow up in 1907 with the book – a Best Seller in that era.

You have an A1 movie site with some of the best on offer – Keep up the Good Work !!

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 26, 2009 at 10:51 am

I think the old-time actor who made a career out of playing Rip Van Winkle for many years on either side of 1900 was Joseph Jefferson. He appeared in that play on road tours for a long time. Road companies like his did a lot of one-night stands and split weeks, so they would have played smaller towns like Fitchburg. I don’t know if Joseph Jefferson ever appeared in any silient films – he could have.

kencmcintyre on February 20, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Here is an August 1952 ad from the Fitchburg Sentinel:

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 14, 2010 at 10:59 am

The Cumings (spelled “Cummings”) is listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook as having 1100 seats, open 6 days per week.

Shellyf on April 16, 2013 at 8:36 pm

My grandfather owned this theatre, Michael Fasano. He died at age 91 when I was 5. I have lots of memorabilia- such a treasure!

Shellyf on April 16, 2013 at 8:36 pm

The Cummings Theatre, that is!

pnelson on June 22, 2015 at 6:12 pm

Handsome entrance and arched window. Also detail of roof and brickwork. This beautiful architcture is not done much anymore.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 7, 2018 at 7:46 pm

The March 4, 1899 issue of The Engineering Record said that the new theater to be built at 21-25 Blossom Street in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, for L. W. Cumings & Sons would cost $30,000.

The Saturday, November 11, 1899, issue of the Fitchburg Sentinel said that the initial attraction at the new Cumings Theatre, “The Gay Debutante” would be presented the following Friday and Saturday, which would give an opening date of November 17, 1899.

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