Cumings Theatre

25 Blossom Street,
Fitchburg, MA 01420

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The Cumings Theatre was an old movie theatre in Fitchburg with an impressive facade. Further information welcomed.

Contributed by Ron Salters

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on January 28, 2008 at 4:27 pm

This website has a postcard picture and some ads for the Cumings Theater. The postcard is labeled “Cummings Theater” but the ads read “Cumings Theater”. I would go with the spelling in the ads and not the postcard.

petermetzke
petermetzke on January 28, 2008 at 10:37 pm

Winchendon – I am wondering if you may be able to clarify some of the posts above – as far as the correct spelling is concerned, I noted that on the Fitchburg Theater page that you grew up in Fitchburg MA and have a very good post on the page giving some very detailed information about all
the theaters in the City.
As it stands at this moment – I have both names on some Fitchburg Historical Society text, and again have both names from Sentinel Newspaper advertisements at various periods in time.
Thanking You for your response in this matter !!

petermetzke
petermetzke on April 25, 2008 at 3:21 am

John Philip Sousa – known as the “ March King ” performed a Grand Concert at the Cumings Theater
on the evening of Friday – January 17, 1902.
For people interested in his other concert performances in Fitchburg, as well as a history into the other old theaters of Fitchburg I have included a link below.
Please Note – Certain images of theaters on the site below are under Copyright, and are not to be linked to with programs such as “ tiny url ”.
The website was built for all on Cinema Treasures to enjoy, as well as the people who have given of their time to submit images for the site.

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tobaccocard
tobaccocard on June 16, 2008 at 9:01 pm

On Saturday April 13, 1907. Thomas Jefferson Starred in Rip Van Winkle at the Cumings Theatre.

A broadside adverting this play will be posted at the-forum.com within the next few days.

http://www,the-forum.com/whatsnew.html

petermetzke
petermetzke on June 17, 2008 at 12:03 pm

tobaccocard – Thanks for this information, I will keep an eye out for it on your site.
In 1905 Thomas Jefferson also starred in the same play in New York at Wallack’s Theatre, there being a very long and interesting history not only to the play but also the book., after being revised by Dion Boucicault.
Washington Irving was to follow up in 1907 with the book – a Best Seller in that era.

You have an A1 movie site with some of the best on offer – Keep up the Good Work !!

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 26, 2009 at 6:51 pm

I think the old-time actor who made a career out of playing Rip Van Winkle for many years on either side of 1900 was Joseph Jefferson. He appeared in that play on road tours for a long time. Road companies like his did a lot of one-night stands and split weeks, so they would have played smaller towns like Fitchburg. I don’t know if Joseph Jefferson ever appeared in any silient films – he could have.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on February 21, 2010 at 2:45 am

Here is an August 1952 ad from the Fitchburg Sentinel:
http://tinyurl.com/ydx4gtm

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 14, 2010 at 6:59 pm

The Cumings (spelled “Cummings”) is listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook as having 1100 seats, open 6 days per week.

Shellyf
Shellyf on April 17, 2013 at 4:36 am

My grandfather owned this theatre, Michael Fasano. He died at age 91 when I was 5. I have lots of memorabilia- such a treasure!

Shellyf
Shellyf on April 17, 2013 at 4:36 am

The Cummings Theatre, that is!

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