Richmond Theatre

36 Main Street,
North Adams, MA 01247

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 21, 2010 at 10:40 am

The Richmond is listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook as having 740 seats and open 6 days per week.

kencmcintyre on February 23, 2009 at 7:35 pm

Here is part of an article dated 5/31/50 from the North Adams Transcript:

The lights went out today in the Richmond theater. That motion picture house, owned and operated for the past 12 years by the Western Massachusetts Theaters corporation, will close its doors tonight and will be idle indefinitely. Francis J. Faille, chief local representative for the Western Massachusetts Theaters corporation and manager of the Paramount theater which it also operates here, said today that the theater was being closed “simply for lack of business.”

Mr. Faille said his concern hoped that a pick-up in the fall might warrant a re-opening of the house as it did once before, in 1943, when the Richmond closed during the summer season. But the future operation of the house will depend on conditions which cannot now be forecast, Mr. Faille indicated.

The Richmond Theater, built just before the turn of the century along with the Richmond hotel to which it is attached, has had a long history as a legitimate theater, a vaudeville and finally a motion picture house. Then under lease to the E.M. Loew, Inc. interests which now operate the Mohawk theater here, it was purchased in 1938 by the Western Massachusetts Theaters corporation, headed by Samuel Goldstein of Springfield, and was taken over by that corporation on July 31, 1938. For the past several years it has operated as what the industry calls a “Family theater,” showing second-run features, while the Paramount has operated on a first-run policy. And for some months past it has been on a four-day week basis, operating Thursdays through Sundays only.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 16, 2007 at 8:12 am

The Richmond Theatre on Main St. in North Adams was included in the MGM Theatre Photograph and Report project. There is a facade photo taken in May 1941. The entrance was in the middle of an ornate business building. The theatre had a boxy marquee with “Richmond” in huge letters on the front, with 2 lines below of white letters on a dark background. Attractions were Gary Cooper in “The Westerner” and “Slightly Honorable”. To the left of the entrance was the Hotel Richmond; to the right was a jeweler’s shop. The Report states that the Richmond had been playing MGM product for over 10 years, that it was over 15 years old; in Fair condition, and had 740 seats.