Palladium Theatre

261 Main Street,
Worcester, MA 01608

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

Architects: Arland W. Johnson

Functions: Concerts, Live Music Venue

Previous Names: Plymouth Theatre, E.M. Loew's Center for the Performing Arts

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 508.797.9696

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August 2015 interior

The Plymouth Theatre was opened on November 24, 1928 with John Barrymore in “Tempest” plus a stage show, movie shorts and organist ‘Buddy’ Webber at the console of the Robert-Morton organ. It was closed in 1965. It reopened on December 30, 1967 with Dean Martin in “The Ambushers”, using the orchestra seating area only and the balcony became unused. The Plymouth Theatre was closed by the E.M. Loew’s circuit in 1980 and the Robert Morton organ was removed and installed in a private residence. The theatre reopened as the E.M. Loew’s Center for the Performing Arts. That was closed in 1990.

It reopened as the Palladium Theatre which today is a popular venue for concerts featuring rock groups.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

Recent comments (view all 22 comments)

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 14, 2012 at 10:07 am

The owners of the Palladium building have gotten very ticked-off over recent property tax increases. They say their tax has now tripled. They want to demolish the building. This news appeared in the business page of the Quincy Patriot-Ledger, and also in the THS Readerboard theater news line.

chameo on August 5, 2012 at 6:37 am

The Palladium building is listed on MACRIS, the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information Center, so there’s a 12-month waiting period before any demolition or significant changes to the building can happen. The owners requested a waiver of the delay at a July 26th meeting of the Worcester Historical Commission. The HC denied the waiver, which gives the owner and interested parties 12 months to come up with an alternative plan.

There’s an active group of folks trying to pull together a coalition of interested parties to come up with a plan to renovate and preserve the building. Preservation Worcester, the City of Worcester, people from the Hanover Theater (another local cinema treasure that was recently renovated and reopened) and a national radio personality have all expressed interest in helping keep the building standing, possibly as a mixed-use entertainment venue, office space, business incubator and cultural resource center. rsalters and anyone else, any info/resources you have about the building’s history would be a great help. There’s a Facebook page at for more info.

chameo on August 8, 2012 at 10:47 am

Oh, thanks, Tinseltoes. What a great retrospective viewpoint.

spectrum on September 4, 2014 at 2:55 pm

According to their website (Sept. 2014) they are now in the middle of a fundraising effort for the “Palladium Restoration Project” which will fund the restoration of architectural details along with equipping the theatre with state of the art equipment. They are striving to raise $1,000,000 by the end of 2014; people may make donations through a Paypal link on their page (listed at the top of this page). Let’s hope they are successful – the architecture will be wonderful when fully restored. Good news is that it appears the tax issue isn’t a problem anymore – they seem very positive about the future and their events calendar is very busy.

nonsportsnut on December 4, 2015 at 6:08 pm

The Three Stooges Fan Club is trying to verify a personal appearance of the Three Stooges (Larry, Moe & Curly) at the Plymouth, possibly on August 9, 1942, or any other appearance dates. My direct email is: . Thanks, Frank Reighter

z11111 on March 7, 2016 at 8:32 am

I was recently in the Palladium (August 2015) because the band I tour with had a show in the “Upstairs” room, in which I had hours (and little lighting) to explore the entirety of the theater.

Although it is a functioning music video, it truly feels like you are stepping inside the shell of a long-abandoned building. I would guess that maybe 30% of the original interior architecture of the theater is still intact. Maybe. Most of the auditorium was gutted of all of its beauty at some point in time. Most resemblance to a movie palace is long gone. The only things remaining are the chandelier, a majority of the proscenium arch, very little of the original art deco ceiling. Outside of the auditorium, there are hardly any remnants so I’m not entirely sure how restoring this theater or getting landmark status is even possible just because it was so completely destroyed in previous years. Such a shame.

Here are some of the low resolution iPhone photos I was able to take along with a more detailed description (in the album) of what remains and what does not.

z11111 on March 7, 2016 at 8:42 am

*venue, not video. whoops

z11111 on March 7, 2016 at 8:47 am

More info:

AnonymousSeptember 6, 2014 at 1:08 AM Hey it’s me the janitor Tim again. In answer to the upstairs room question (5). The upstairs room was originally not so much a separate room but more of an ornate extention of the lobby with wonderful high ceilings with awesome art deco plaster work.The bathrooms up there were there but not that bar. There was a fountain behind where the bar is. That was altered to the basic current form in I believe the early 1990s when the nightclub thing started.If anyone wants to help me fix it up we have a restoration fund link on our page Thanks guys


Thanks to Tim for the insider information.

rivest266 on April 26, 2024 at 10:42 pm

The Plymouth theatre opened on November 24th, 1928, Grand opening ad posted.

rivest266 on April 28, 2024 at 10:15 pm

Closed in 1965 and reopened as the Plymouth Cinema on December 30th, 1967 as the balcony is closed off. Grand opening ad posted.

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