Warner Theatre

62 Front Street,
Worcester, MA 01608

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Previously operated by: Mark-Strand Theater Corp., Stanley-Warner Theatres, Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp.

Architects: Thomas White Lamb

Previous Names: Strand Theatre

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Warner Theatre

The Strand Theatre was opened by Mark Strand Theatres on February 19, 1917 with Theodore Roberts in “The American Consul” & Jack Pickford in “Great Expectations” plus 5-acts of vaudeville on the stage. It was equipped with an Austin 17 ranks theatre organ. It was taken over by Warner Bros. Circuit Management Corp. and after a remodel it reopened on April 19, 1930 as the Warner Theatre. It was closed in 1965.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 21, 2005 at 8:36 am

to: dwodeyla – I have reports only for the Gorman Th. in Framingham and the Colonial Th. in Natick, both filled out in 1941.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on December 21, 2005 at 9:44 am

Ron Salters, you mentioned the “other” Warner Theatre on the campus of Worcester Academy. It was called that because it was originally presented to Worcester Academy as a gift from Harry Warner, then president of the Warner Brothers Studio in memory of his son Lewis (Worcester Academy, Class of 1928). It is the Lewis J. Warner Theatre, Ross Auditorium. I did visit this theatre a week or so ago for a Christmas show just to see the place, and it is a wonder to behold, a fantastic renaissance-style period piece inside with great ceiling frescoes, and a classic columned exterior front. It was built in the tradition of other early 20th century grand movie palaces. It has the original 35mm projection booth still in place. It must be one of the greatest “unknown” cinema treasures of New England if not the country and should be visited by theatre fans who come to Worcester.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 22, 2005 at 8:04 am

Thank you, Gerry DeLuca ! I had heard that the Warner at Worcester Academy was a little gem, and that the name had something to do with the Warner family of movie-studio fame. You have confirmed both stories. I wonder if it was in operation while the old Warner Th. downtown was still open ??

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 25, 2006 at 9:44 am

More about the Warner Memorial Th. at Worcester Academy. It opened in April 1932, so it was in operation at the same time as the Warner Theatre downtown. It was designed by the noted theater architect Drew Eberson. It has 336 seats on the main floor and 40 in the balcony, total: 376. I have seen some additional color photos of it and, as Gerry DeLuca points out above, it is a real “treasure” – no wonder the staff at the school are so proud of it !

barrygoodkin on June 3, 2006 at 5:42 am

The Warner Theatre was part of the Mark Strand New England Circuit acquired by Warner Brothers in 1929. It was known as the Strand Theatre and after Warner Brothers took it over they closed it April 2, 1930 and made renovations and reopend it as the Warner on April 19, 1930. It closed in 1965 after Stanley Warner opened the White City in Shrewsbury. The White City was designed by Drew Eberson.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 15, 2010 at 4:45 am

In the October 30, 1961 issue of Boxoffice Magazine, an ad was run showing how many mainstream theatres were showing Federico Fellini’s La Dolce Vita, a subtitled Italian movie. This theatre was one of those. Link to ad, then expand:
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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 22, 2010 at 1:33 pm

Lobby becomes train station.

“Murray Howard, manager of the Warner, converted the lobby into a railroad station and had the doormen attired as conductors for "Strangers on the Train.”

(item in Boxoffice magazine, July 7, 1951)

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 6, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Volume two of History of Worcester and its People, by Charles Nutt, published in 1919, says that the Strand Theatre was opened in 1916. It was devoted primarily to movies, but sometimes presented vaudeville acts as well.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on November 17, 2014 at 2:30 pm

The Strand Theatre was built by Moe and Mitchel Mark. Their company’s intention to build at Worcester was noted in an item in the April 3, 1915, issue of The Moving Picture World. The company had the Strand Theatre at Lynn, Massachusetts, under construction at the time, and the Worcester house was to be about the same size. The item noted that the Lynn Strand had been designed by Thomas Lamb, who was also the architect of the Mark Strand Theatre in Manhattan. Although the item didn’t say so, it is very likely that the Worcester Strand was also designed by Lamb.

rivest266 on April 26, 2024 at 3:51 pm

Opened on February 19th, 1917, as Strand. Ad posted.

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