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
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
TLSLOEWS on February 22, 2010 at 3:16 pm

So is it still there?

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 1, 2009 at 5:09 pm

This is a June 2009 article that claims the building was going to be demolished this summer. I guess that didn’t happen.

mp775
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
MPol on June 3, 2009 at 7:08 am

Another one bites the dust. How sad.

crownx
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.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 16, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Another 1983 photo is here.

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
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 http://buzzardsbaytheater.com/ . 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
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

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 17, 2006 at 1:28 pm

Here is a recent article about the Buzzards Bay Theater. In case the link expires, here is the text:

“Story Date: 2006-Sep-14 at 18:22:06
By Christie Smythe

Refurbished Buzzards Bay, Mass., theater set to reopen as alternative cinema
Categories: arts, culture and entertainment / film / film venues and presentation

BUZZARDS BAY, Sep. 14, 2006 (McClatchy-Tribune Business News delivered by Newstex) —
Driveway repaving? Done.

Theater seats and screens? Ordered.

Ice machine? On the way.

And the rest? Coming together.

Just about six months ago, Wareham resident Jeff Avery took over Buzzards Bay’s dilapidated former movie theater with dreams of turning it into a bargain-priced specialty cinema.

Now the countdown to the scheduled opening date is on. The Bourne Scallop Festival, held across the street from the theater along the Cape Cod Canal, starts Sept. 22.

Avery hopes to have the theater ready to open on that day.

“Everything is moving along fairly well,” he said on a recent afternoon inside the theater. “Now, it looks like it actually is going to get done.”

As he spoke, Avery was nailing together cabinets for the concession stand purchased from IKEA.

Avery works as a chef in Rhode Island, but previously was a movie theater manager. For the past several months, he has enlisted the help of family, friends and acquaintances, and used up virtually all of his spare time in getting the building back in shape.

The prep work is almost complete, he said. Floors and walls in the screening rooms have been refurbished. Carpet has been selected. Clean, white paneling has been added behind the concession area. Plumbing and wiring issues are being attended to.

The building’s owner, developer Vincent Michienzi, said he was pleasantly surprised by Avery’s changes.

“I’m impressed, to be honest with you. It looks like he’s done a lot of work in there,” he said.

The theater’s progress is welcome news to the Buzzards Bay Village Association, which is leading efforts to revitalize the village’s once-booming Main Street. The association has started encouraging its members to help finance Avery’s project.

“This just adds further to meeting our hopes and aspirations for Buzzards Bay,” said village association President Tom Moccia. “We’re encouraging everyone in the community to get involved,” he added.

Avery plans to show cult films and second-run movies, charging $7.50 per adult and including a free small soda and popcorn in the admission price.

He hopes the package will attract families who are disenchanted with admission and concession prices at traditional theaters. A ticket, a small soda and popcorn would cost $14.18 at Heritage Theaters in Sandwich and $19 at the Regal Cinemas-owned Cape Cod Mall Stadium 12.

Avery’s idea has apparently been welcomed. Although he initially had little prospect of funding the project because he had difficulty securing a loan, Avery said he has accumulated about $15,000 from investors and sunk about $10,000 of his own money into the effort. He also started selling gift certificates to future customers, netting $2,000 so far.

Avery also received a donated BMW-brand bicycle to use as a promotion for selling gift certificates. Customers who buy a gift certificate are entered in a drawing for the bike. A winner will be selected opening weekend, Avery said.

The theater would still be a work in progress if it opens as planned on Sept. 22, he said. Only two of its four screening rooms will be ready, and the new marquee may not have arrived yet.

But Avery insists the show will go on as hoped.

In negotiations with a skeptical contractor who stopped by the theater recently, Avery declared the opening date was Sept. 22.

“This is going to work, man,” Avery said".