Fine Arts Theatre

19 Summer Street,
Maynard, MA 01754

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LOBBY 9/10/2012

Originally built as a livery stable, then a garage, the Fine Arts Theatre opened on June 29, 1949 with Anton Walbrook in “The Red Shoes”. This charming, independently owned triplex has managed to remain in business for decades despite the competition of nearby megaplexes. The first time I visited the Fine Arts Theatre was in the 1970’s when the theatre primarily exhibited foreign and independent films (I saw “Cousin Cousine” there).

The theatre showed mainstream first run fare. The main auditorium features Asian-style artwork on the walls. The other two auditoriums, which I presume were built at a later date, are small and nondescript. It was closed for renovation in 2013, and money is being raised to install digital projection. It was reopened in the Fall of 2014.

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Recent comments (view all 20 comments)

MPol on October 30, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Interesting info, Ron. Thanks again for the heads-up.

Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on September 11, 2012 at 4:37 am


Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on September 11, 2012 at 4:38 am


Michael Furlinger
Michael Furlinger on September 11, 2012 at 4:39 am

THEATER # 1 IS 405
THEATER 2 —160

PNRNetworks on October 12, 2013 at 4:03 pm

The website now lists the theater as “Closed”.

lee_601 on November 3, 2013 at 4:47 am

The Fine Arts in only closed for renovation. The old web site that says it’s closed is for the former tenant. The new owners web site is and their Facebook page is

lee_601 on November 14, 2014 at 7:31 pm

The Maynard Fine Arts Theater is open after renovation. Two screens are operating with the third promised to be operating soon. The new owners are still raising money for digital equipment. But being a film theater they were able to open Interstellar two days before the multiplexes, thanks to Christopher Nolan’s love of film.

lee_601 on March 6, 2022 at 7:52 pm

An update with sad news but with some hope for the future, Fine Arts Theatre Place was doing well after it reopening in 2014. Covid cause a shutdown and then a limited reopening with spaced seating. Just as things were getting more normal Steve Trumble, the owner who oversaw the renovation and really save the theatre, unexpectedly died in March 2021 and the theatre has been closed. As of the beginning of this year there are new owners who hope to open the theatre soon.

Moviefan333 on January 27, 2023 at 3:50 am

The theater is open now under new ownership very nice I had a nice conversation with them last time I was up there on a little vacation. Definitely come here and enjoy the movies delicious popcorn too

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on August 29, 2023 at 10:38 pm

The July 9, 1949 Boxoffice said that Bert Coughlin’s new Fine Arts Theatre at Maynard had opened on June 29 with the ballet picture “The Red Shoes.” The article gave the seating capacity of the original single-screen house as 425.

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