Uptown Theatre

260 Central Street,
Gardner, MA 01440

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Uptown Gardner

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Opened in 1897, the Uptown Theatre is shown as operating with seating for 1,000 in the 1945 Film Daily Yearbook (along with the Orpheum Theatre, which sat 1,132 at that time).

It was closed in 1953.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 20, 2006 at 8:43 am

There is a MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for the Uptown Theatre in Gardner. It has an exterior photo taken in 1941. It apppears to be a large brick building with the theatre entrance at the right end. There is a rectangular marquee with a big vertical blade sign above. Attractions, in white letters on black background, are “Las Vegas Nights” and “New Adventures of Tarzan”. The Report states that the Uptown is on Centre St. It has been a MGM customer for over 15 years; It was built over 15 years ago. The condition is Good. Seating is 578 on the main floor and 470 in the balcony; total: 1,048 seats. The competing theatre is the Orpheum; the 1940 population of Gardner was 20,200.

Chiefofservice on April 4, 2007 at 1:52 pm

As previousely stated in my posts on the Uptown theatre in Boston, the owner was a man named George S. Giles. He also owned the Uptown in Gardner and its sister theatre, the Orpheum also in Gardner.The chain also had theatres in Laconia N.H,Norwood Ma.and a few more I can’t recall.
I was promoted from Chief Of Service at the Uptown in Boston, to Asst. Manager at the Uptown in Gardner. This was around 1950 or so. The manager of the Orpheum, a man by the name of Ray Beaugois (sp) actually was manager of both. Can’t recall too much about either theatre, I guess typical small town theatres. I didn’t stay in Gardner too long as the next year I joined the army.

Chiefofservice on April 5, 2007 at 9:25 am

One more comment about the above post,the manager at that time of the Boston Uptown was Harold Hall, who took over from Jed Prouty, and the district manager of the George S. Giles circuit was Alden Peterson. Hall became district manager when Peterson retired.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 21, 2010 at 5:12 am

From Boxoffice magazine, March 14, 1953:
“Uptown, oldest theatre in Gardner, has closed after 56 years of operation. It opened with a policy of traveling roadshows and converted to films long ago. The Smith Management Co., owners, will continue operation of the Orpheum, with Joseph Bresnahan in charge.”

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 30, 2010 at 10:55 am

As noted above, the Uptown opened in 1897. It didn’t make it into the 1897-98 edition of the Julius Cahn Official Theatrical Guide. The Guide lists 2 road-show theater for Gardner, the Music Hall with 1,100 seats, and the Town Hall auditorium with 1,075 seats. Both of these were “upstairs houses” with the auditorium & stage on the second floor. Was it called “Uptown” from the beginning, or did it originally have a different name? The 1897 population of Gardner was 9,000.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 11, 2010 at 11:26 am

The 1927 Film Daily Yearbook lists 2 movie theaters in Gardner, the Orpheum and one which they call the “Gardner Theatre”. It had 1500 seats. They don’t list the Uptown Th., but possibly it and the so-called Gardner Theatre are the same.

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