Larcom Theatre

13 Wallis Street,
Beverly, MA 01915

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Larcom Theatre

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The theatre was managed by Harris and Glover Ware and was named for Lucy Larcom, a 19th Century Beverly writer. It opened as a movie and vaudeville house. Later, it was run by the Ramsdell Brothers and still later by E.M. Loew’s Theatres.

After World War II, it was renamed Fine Arts Theater, and still later went over to XXX films before being acquired by the Le Grand David magic troupe which operates the nearby Cabot Street Theatre.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 10, 2006 at 7:10 am

The architect of the Larcom Theatre was George Swan. Opening night was October 28, 1912 with the film “Count of Monte Cristo” plus a concert on stage.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 5, 2006 at 7:20 am

I was in the Larcom last Saturday morning with the THSA group. The theatre looked great — the Le Grand David company deserves much credit for the high level of maintenance of their two theatres in Beverly.

JonMontgomery on January 7, 2010 at 2:27 am

In the 1970’s when it was the “Fine Arts” they used to play some pretty good XXX rated movies in there. It was in a perfect spot for adult entertainment because it was fairly hidden on a side street off the downtown area. They occasionally snuck in some really hard core porn but not too often because they were afraid of being raided by the police. I was there a few times and the theater was always packed. Have to admit, it was very well maintained and always kept in great shape for a porn theater. I havn’t been there since it changed back to its original name and returned to stage entertainment.

Matthew Prigge
Matthew Prigge on November 11, 2012 at 2:02 pm

If anyone has any stories about going to/ working at this threatre in its adult days, I would love to hear them. I am chronicling the histories of adult theatres in the US. Please contact me at Thanks!

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 27, 2013 at 7:50 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Larcom Theatre. Exterior photo taken in May 1941 on Wallis Street. It says that the theater is in Good condition and has been playing MGM product for over 10 years. 435 orchestra seats and 309 balcony seats; total: 744 seats. Competing theaters are the Ware Theatre and the Strand Theatre.

da_Bunnyman on August 25, 2013 at 7:39 pm

I believe the place was twinned during the end of it’s days as the Fine Arts X-rated house.Probably after video started making adult theaters unnecessary. The ad would always be in the local papers theater section. I’d guess they just put up a screen in front of the balcony seats.

Bill L
Bill L on May 14, 2015 at 12:24 pm

The Fine Arts was my first job as a projectionist in the early 70s. X-rated stuff then. I went there when I was a kid when it was a regular double-feature movie house. Saw kid shows like Forbidden Planet with Popeye cartoons, even a serial chapter. The porn came later. It was never twinned. They didn’t worry about being raided. You could stand in front of the place and look up Wallis St. and see the Police Station. I believe the Magic group removed the old projection equipment. I went into a storage room under the booth one night and found dozens of film cans with decomposing nitrate film trailers that had been there for decades. I’m sure that was cleaned up with the restoration.

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