Cumings Theatre

25 Blossom Street,
Fitchburg, MA 01420

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Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on April 8, 2018 at 3:46 am

The March 4, 1899 issue of The Engineering Record said that the new theater to be built at 21-25 Blossom Street in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, for L. W. Cumings & Sons would cost $30,000.

The Saturday, November 11, 1899, issue of the Fitchburg Sentinel said that the initial attraction at the new Cumings Theatre, “The Gay Debutante” would be presented the following Friday and Saturday, which would give an opening date of November 17, 1899.

pnelson on June 23, 2015 at 2:12 am

Handsome entrance and arched window. Also detail of roof and brickwork. This beautiful architcture is not done much anymore.

Shellyf on April 17, 2013 at 4:36 am

The Cummings Theatre, that is!

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!

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.

kencmcintyre on February 21, 2010 at 2:45 am

Here is an August 1952 ad from the Fitchburg Sentinel:

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.

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 !!

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 within the next few days.


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.
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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 !!

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 28, 2008 at 3:49 pm

Just to throw in another factor – its is “Cummings” in the Film Daily Yearbook in both 1947 and 1955 (the two editions I own).

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 27, 2007 at 6:35 pm

The newspaper ads settle the matter for me ! “Cumings” it is.

petermetzke on December 27, 2007 at 10:14 am

Ron Salters – A note of interest, I have just looked through some editions of the Fitchburg Sentinel going back to 1936 and before – all have Cumings with one ( M ) only – and are very doubtful if through the years they would have printed it in a false manner. When I come across a program I will
feature it on the web site at some stage in the future.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 25, 2007 at 6:57 pm

soundmemory- we need someone who knows Fitchburg theatres to render an opinion ! I’m not familiar with the subject, but it is a fact that the spelling of the name on the marquee in the 1941 MGM Report photo is “Cumings”. It’s spelled that way on both the front and the side of the marquee. If the Fitchburg historical soc. spells it that way in at least some of their references, then I would go with the 1 “m” .

petermetzke on December 25, 2007 at 1:22 am

Ron Salters – No, I am not stating any fact – You tell me ?? If you search for both in the Fitchburg Society web page both 1 “m ” & 2 “ mm ” are there. Please tell me and I will adjust my web site to reflect this, Thanking You.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 24, 2007 at 6:13 pm

soundmemory- so you are saying that the name really was “Cumings” and that the spelling on the marquee in the 1941 photo was correct, and it wasn’t a dumb mistake on the part of the marquee manufacturer.

petermetzke on December 24, 2007 at 7:44 am

Ron Salters – Thank you for pointing out this fact above, the printing of most of these postcards in Germany has more than anything else, added to the confusion of the Cumings debacle !!

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 23, 2007 at 6:18 pm

Text from an Old Fitchburg historical soc. website repeatedly refers to this theater as “Cummings” with 2 m’s, and includes an old postcard so labeled. Why, then, was the marquee which was photographed in May 1941 headed at least 3 places with the name “Cumings”, with one m? Who made this dumb mistake and why was it not corrected ?

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 20, 2007 at 2:49 pm

This theatre was included in the MGM Theatre Photograph and Report project. Although the Report is headed “Cummings Theatre”, the photo, taken May 1941, on the Report shows the signage on the marquee reading in big letters “Cumings Theatre”, with one “m”. The name is displayed as “Cumings” both on the front and on the sides of the marquee. It seems likely that if the company which made the marquee was mistaken, the theatre management would have had them correct the spelling of the name. Does anyone know for sure what the correct spelling of the name was ? The photo shows an ornamental facade, quite handsome, and a rectangular marquee, with a vertical sign above. On the side of the marquee is posted “The Home of Greater Entertainment”. Across the street from the theatre was a green area with trees. The Report states that the theatre is at 25 Blossom St. in Fitchburg, that it has been playing MGM product for 10 years; that it was built about 1920 and is in Fair condition. The seating was listed as 411 on the main floor, 543 in the balcony,and 32 in the loges, total: 986. But someone crossed that out and typed in “Total: 936”. Competing theatres were listed as Lyric, Universal, Shea’s, Fitchburg and Strand. The 1940 population of Fitchburg was 41,800.

kencmcintyre on May 19, 2007 at 8:16 pm

The Cummings building was up for auction on 9/16/57, according to the Fitchburg Sentinel:

Known As
With Approximately
7723 SQ, FT. LAND
WED. SEPT. 18 at 1 P.M.

Property is in excellent condition, suitable for any business. It is located in business section of city. Wonderful opportunity to buy this for an investment or to convert Into apartments. Possibilities are unlimited.

Ken Roe
Ken Roe on May 19, 2007 at 7:29 pm

Listed in the 1941, 1943 and 1950 editions of Film Daily Yearbook with a seating capacity of 800.