Paris Cinema

68 Franklin Street,
Worcester, MA 01608

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jukingeo on April 10, 2006 at 4:46 pm


LOST MEMORY—Yes, I am taking this as a good sign as well. I am still doing research on the area. I am curious to see more pictures of the Paris. Hopefully it will prove to be a worthwhile project. While I do not need a classic theatre for the operation I am planning…I do admit I am a sucker for the old Atmospherics. I seem to be good at finding them too :). I definately would like to see pictures of this theatre when it was under the old “Capitol” name. It would be very fitting to return it to that name…sounds better too!


jukingeo on April 10, 2006 at 10:19 am


LOST MEMORY—I take it then this must quite a ‘depressed area’. Is it showing signs of turn around or is it a problem area with little or no hope? I was under the impression that Worcester was not a bad area…but reading what you sent as well as earlier postings here, I am getting the gist this may not be that good of an area. That site on Preservation Worcester isn’t reassuring if all these historic structures are pretty much just sitting and deteriorating.

BARRY—Thank you for in basic information of the layout of the theatre. I was curious to see interior pictures of the theatre. But the only thing I found was on the Preservation Worcester site and then it only has a picture of one wall of the interior…and it doesn’t look good, that is for sure. That horrible blue has to go!


barrygoodkin on April 10, 2006 at 7:37 am

The balcony was closed off for an upstairs cinema and the auditorium was partitioned to make a small cinema and an area used for storage for inventory of the adult retail store.
The city has talked about redeveloping this area for over 30 years. The entire block is suppposed to be redeveloped. The interior of the theatre is deteriorating. The theatre is located close to the Worcester City Hall.

jukingeo on April 9, 2006 at 11:50 am


Does anyone know if this theatre is for sale, or has any updated pictures of the theatre interior?

It says this theatre is two. How is it divided?

Is the area the theatre located in good or bad (given the nature of the report above).

Any information would be of help.

Thank You,


rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 28, 2006 at 7:20 am

Thanks, once again, Gerry DeLuca. I imagine the future for this theatre is bleak.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 27, 2006 at 8:25 am

I have heard that the XXX shop in the lobby of the Paris has closed and the entire theatre is now dark. Can anyone confirm??

barrygoodkin on December 17, 2005 at 8:33 am

Ron Salters is correct in that the Capitol opened on December 11, 1926.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 17, 2005 at 8:18 am

The Capitol’s architect was Roger Garland. It had about 2000 seats when it opened in Dec. 1926 (I have an opening date of Dec. 11th). I have heard that it was the first Atmospheric in New England. The MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for this theatre has a photo taken in May 1941. The marquee had 2 panels each with 3 lines. The attraction is Bob Hope and Bing Crosby in “Road to Zanzibar”. The report states that the theatre is not a MGM customer, that it is in Good condition; and that the seating is: Orchestra 1110; Balcony: 490, and Loges: 284. Total: 1884 seats.

barrygoodkin on October 10, 2005 at 5:45 am

The Paris Theatre opened as the Capitol Theatre on December 25,1926. The auditorium is of atmospheric design with a Spanish theme, On opening it had a Wurlitzer 3 manual, 7 rank organ, Opus #1492. There is a large newspaper article on the opening. It had at least one major renovation closing and reopening on December 25, 1962.

allbull on August 22, 2005 at 10:37 am

This looks like fun, unfortunately I discovered it a bit too late. Does anyone else know of anything like this in or near Mass? Or any info on what will happen to this place now? THANKS

joemasher on August 15, 2005 at 7:28 am

The Paris Cinema in New Hartford, NY (suburb of Utica) had the exact same facade. Loews closed it around 1991 or so. At the time of its closing, the auditorium was fashioned out of what used to be an old movie palace. If you went behind the screen, the rest of the original theatre was there, just used for storage and unheated.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 15, 2005 at 6:59 am

Two screens:1. Adult downstairs (straight porn), 2. Adonis upstairs (gay porn). Closed end of July 2005. Licence revoked.

Saved by porn, destroyed by morality. Now what will happen to the place!

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on August 2, 2005 at 4:20 am

Listed in Film Daily Yearbooks 1941, 1943 and 1952 as the Capitol Theatre with a seating capacity of 2,000. Operated by Paramount Pictures Inc through their subsidiary Mullins & Pinanski.

DickMorgan on August 2, 2005 at 2:36 am

I saw two movies at this theatre when it was the Capitol. One was “The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao” and the other was “The Brass Bottle”, both released in 1964, both featuring Tony Randall.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 11, 2005 at 5:43 pm

Here is a photo I took…er, NOT of the above activity, but of the cinema façade. Note the lettering on “Paris.” Same script, same star for a dot over the “i”. Just like the Paris in Providence and New York…and Boston, I believe.
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Also, note the sense of the hugeness of the original auditorium of the Capitol behind. See up top what appears to be the exterior of a separated fire-containment projection booth as a safety measure during the nitrate era.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 18, 2005 at 6:55 am

From today’s Boston Herald:

Sex in this city doesn’t pay: Worcester cops nab 29 in theater, street sting

Years after Boston cleaned up its Combat Zone, Worcester police are cracking down on the city’s seedy sex attractions.

A downtown stint over the weekend netted 29 arrests on various illegal sex acts – including a high school teacher from the northwestern part of the state caught masturbating to a skin flick, a source said.

More than half of the arrests were made at Paris Cinema, an adult theater with a reputation among gay men and a history of resident complaints

Cops found men engaged in sex acts alone and with others when they busted into the packed movie-house on both Friday and Saturday night