Warwick Cinemas

117 Pleasant Street,
Marblehead, MA 01945

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Warwick Cinemas

The Warwick Theatre opened in 1919 and was remodeled in 1949 to the plans of architect Chester Browne. This family-owned neighborhood second-run theater operated for over eight decades before suddenly and unexpectedly closing its doors in November, 1999. Its owner, Thomas McNulty, found himself increasingly unable to compete with large chains and multiplexes.

The Warwick Theatre’s last few days of operation were devoted to the Boston Jewish Film Festival. It was turned into a gymnastics center for the local YMCA. It was demolished in 2011.

Contributed by Ron Newman

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on May 16, 2007 at 6:57 am

Does the YMCA still actively use this building today?

mp775 on June 25, 2007 at 7:38 am

Yes, but they are actively raising funds to build a new facility on Leggs Hill Road.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on October 7, 2009 at 11:52 pm

The Warwick Theatre was remodeled in 1949, as reported in Boxoffice, March 5. Chester Browne of W. Chester Browne Associates was the architect for the project. Robert McNulty was the owner/operator of the house.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 9, 2010 at 11:07 am

The Warwick is listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook with 650 seats and open 6 days/week.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 10, 2010 at 3:45 am

Is the YMCA still using this building? If not, what is there now?

SaveTheWarwick on January 26, 2011 at 6:57 pm

This from today’s Marblehead Reporter:
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and the Salem News:
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CSWalczak on July 16, 2012 at 12:27 pm

A new small cinema has been proposed that would occupy part of the footprint of this now-demolished theater: View aticle

jaboschen on July 16, 2012 at 6:59 pm

I saw that article earlier today. I knew that the theater was going to be demolished, but I was a bit shock to read that the demolition took place last year! I tried googling the demolition to see if there were any photos or even any mention of it taking place it with no luck.

da_Bunnyman on July 29, 2013 at 7:27 pm

Some good news. I heard from a relative in Marblehead that the Warwick is back. It re-opened as a cinema/restaurant, same location but new building. Article here with a virtual tour of new facility.

Word if they are trying to add a marquee similar to old one.

da_Bunnyman on July 29, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Correct link (I hope)


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