Phillip's Theatre

116-122 Front Street,
Worcester, MA 01608

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Previously operated by: E.M. Loew's Theaters Inc.

Previous Names: Family Theatre

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Phillip's Theatre

The Family Theatre was opened by 1916. By 1941 the 1,000-seat theatre was operated by the E.M. Loew’s circuit and they continued for many years. The Family Theatre was closed on the spring of 1959.

On October 29, 1964 it reopened as Phillip’s Theatre with Sophia Loren in “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” and Ugo Tognazzi in “The Conjual Bed”. It was demolished in the early-1970’s.

Contributed by Ken Roe

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 19, 2011 at 10:28 am

The Family Theatre is listed under E.M. Loew’s Theatres in the 1942-43 Motion Picture Almanac. Other Worcester theaters operated by EML at that time were the Olympia (Art), Plymouth (Palladium), Regent, and Royal.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 19, 2011 at 10:39 am

In the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook the Family Theatre in Worcester is listed as having 1,000 seats and open 7 days per week.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 19, 2011 at 5:58 pm

The Family Theatre was listed in the 1916 Worcester City Directory at 122 Front Street. There are a few photos on this page. There’s also a comment from someone who says he attended the theater in the mid-1960s.

If the building was still standing in 1969, it was certainly then demolished to make way for the Worcester Center Galleria, an enclosed mall which is itself now being demolished.

When the Galleria was built, the block of Front Street on which the Family Theatre was located was closed, and the street bent at a 90 degree angle, so the marker on the Google Maps view doesn’t show the actual location of the theater. The project replacing the mall will reopen Front Street, so eventually the address at least will be returned to its original location.

The 1916 directory, by the way, lists fourteen theaters in Worcester, most of which are not yet listed at Cinema Treasures.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Thanks again Chuck,Great stories.Can’t believe all the Rat stories,Hey, Did “WILLARD” and “BEN” play there .LOL.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on December 20, 2020 at 7:35 am

In the early 1960s the Family Theatre had become re-named the Philips Theatre.

rivest266 on April 28, 2024 at 9:26 pm

Closed 1959 and reopened as Philip’s on October 29th, 1964. Grand opening as posted.

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