Buzzards Bay Theater

107 Main Street,
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 24, 2013 at 4:07 pm

This weblog post from MassHistory has several photos of the Buzzards Bay Theatre, including an early postcard that appears to be from the 1930s.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 1, 2013 at 11:11 am

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the Buzzards Bay Theatre. Located on Main St., 693 seats, Excellent condition. It says it was built about 1938. There is an exterior photo taken in July 1950.

MrDJDude on March 29, 2010 at 2:09 pm

According to this very short article(which includes photos), it was demolished in mid-November 2009. They didn’t even save the old Chevrolet sign or concrete relief Buzzards Bay Garage sign. Depressing.

Other links:

Video shot during the demolition

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 27, 2010 at 1:55 pm

BUZZARD’S BAY.. Bet “ADDAMS FAMILY” did great business.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 27, 2010 at 11:06 am

I heard that it was demolished very recently.

TLSLOEWS on February 22, 2010 at 3:16 pm

So is it still there?

mp775 on September 1, 2009 at 11:45 am

As of this past Sunday, it’s still standing. The lobby is being used for storage (possibly the auditoriums as well). There is a for lease sign on the building – commercial/subdividable.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 5, 2009 at 11:01 am

The Quincy Patriot Ledger had a short item yesterday about the application for a permit to demolish. It says that the Buzzards Bay Theater dates from the 1920s, was closed as a Hoyts Cinema in 2001, and that a new operator, Jeff Avery, spent $165,000 in improvements in 2006-07 in an ill-fated attempt to reestablish it as a cinema. The news item says that the owners want to put a parking lot on the site. The theater has been closed for well over a year now.

MPol on June 3, 2009 at 7:08 am

Another one bites the dust. How sad.

crownx on June 3, 2009 at 4:15 am

Anoither cinema falls…. June3rd edition Cape Cod Times.
The owner has a hearing on June 9th with the towns Historical Commission for a permit to demolish.

Denis Vaughn
Denis Vaughn on December 23, 2008 at 4:36 pm

Has anyone seen this venue lately? Might it be possible that the closing in October 2007 was a seasonal thing, given the area’s tourist orientation? I’d hate to think that all the time, effort, and money was for naught…

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 12, 2008 at 4:32 am

This theatre closed down in October 2007.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 2, 2007 at 7:53 am

Correction to the posting above of March 6th- the operator of the Buzzards Bay Theatre in 1942 was “Cape Theatres” / Clarence Robbins. The odd thing is that in order to be listed in the Motion Picture Almanac at that time, a theatre circuit needed to have a minimum of 5 theatres. Cape Theatres had only one theatre, the Buzzards Bay, yet it managed to get itself listed.

jodie on April 7, 2007 at 1:27 pm

I saw a movie there today. It’s really great to see this up and running!

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on April 7, 2007 at 1:07 pm

The theatre reopened yesterday. A friend of mine went to the grand opening. The website is . At the moment it looks like they are using only one screen.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 6, 2007 at 8:14 am

In the 1942-43 Motion Picture Almanac, the Buzzards Bay Theatre is listed as being operated by Buzzard Bay Theatres/ Clarence Robbins.

skiane on December 25, 2006 at 1:37 am

To All

I have volunteered and worked on many projects in the Town of Bourne for many years, none of them as community minded as this one. The Buzzards Bay Theater will open again, but not without the support of its community.

Growing up in Bourne I always had the Buzzards Bay Theater to go to with family and friends. All my children grew up with this opportunity also. Over the past few years we as a community have not been so fortunate. But now we can again enjoy this type of entertainment. Jeff Avery and his family have been working hard to re-open this Main Street icon for all to enjoy.

Mr. Avery has over-come most all the obstacles in the way of a grand opening but for the seats. When he began this journey the seats removed when Hoytâ€\s left were still available for him to bring back, but because of needed repairs and upgrades at that time they could not be brought back until those things were done. This took time and more funding then anticipated. That time proved to become a loss-the seats were sold. With little time to waste, more seats have been found. This is how I am involved; 620 of them are available at a cost of $25.00 each
Would you purchase a seat or two in your name? Mr. Avery and the Buzzards Bay Theater will place your name on a mural in the lobby of the theater as a supporter. In addition you will receive 3 Gift Certificates for admission to the movie of your choice, popcorn and a drink – a $22.50 valve for your donation of $25. Also your name will be put in a drawing for a $1000.00 BMX Bike which will be drawn as soon as all seats are purchased and a second drawing of 100 Gift Certificates for admission, popcorn and drink, a $750.00 value or $300 cash, your choice. What an opportunity for you and for our community.

Please contact me with the number of seats you would like. Everyone in our family has one and looks forward to nights out here. Checks should be made out to the Buzzards Bay Theater, 105 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532.
If you have any questions or need more information please call me at 508 759-6123 or email me at

I would not be involved if I did not feel this was a worthwhile community project benefiting all of the Town of Bourne.

“We Can Do It!”

Diane Flynn
Buzzards Bay

Denis Vaughn
Denis Vaughn on September 25, 2006 at 9:30 am

I was in Buzzards Bay on September 12 and took some pictures of the exterior. The theater didn’t look like it was being renovated but there was some activity inside. I’m glad to hear it is being brought back to life. I went to this theater several times in the ‘50s when my family was vacationing in Wareham. Thanks and good luck, Jeff.

D.A. Vaughn