Cabot Street Cinema Theatre

286 Cabot Street,
Beverly, MA 1915

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Cabot Street Cinema Theatre

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Belying an elegant lobby and sizable interior, the Cabot Street Cinema’s facade doesn’t do justice to this local gem. The Cabot Street is one of a handful of early-20th century theaters that is still showing movies in an area known more for its megaplexes.

The Cabot Street has been open almost continuously since 1920, and was only closed briefly in the 1970’s before the Le Grande David magic troupe bought and refurbished the theater for their magic shows. The famous magic troupe continued showing a large mixture of films to compliment the stage acts. It was closed in spring of 2014. In November 2014 the building was sold and re-opened in February 2015 as a performing arts center.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 12, 2006 at 8:02 am

The MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for this theatre has an exterior photo dated May 1941 when it was the Ware Theatre. There was a rectangular marquee with “Ware” in huge letters on the front. There was also a vertical blade sign above. The attraction is “Virginia”. The Report states that the theatre was at 286 Cabot St., that it has been playing MGM product for over 10 years; that it’s over 15 years old, and is in Good condition. There are 750 seats on the main floor and 450 in the balcony, total: 1200 seats. The patronage is “Class” (meaning “high-class”). A competing theatre in Beverly is the Larcom Th. The 1940 population of Beverly was 25,500.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 18, 2007 at 7:49 am

The Boston Sunday Herald of Feb. 18, 2007 has an article titled “Le Grand David’s spectacular longevity no illusion” by Lauren B. Falcone which states that the matinee performance of Feb. 18th at the Cabot Street Theatre will mark the 30th anniversary of the Le Grand David magic shows on stage. There are Sunday matinees at the Cabot St. while a different show plays on Thursdays at the Larcom Theatre nearby.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 30, 2012 at 11:05 am

Cesareo Pelaez, who played Marco the Magi in the Le Grand David company, died March 24 after a long illness. He was 79 and appeared in shows on stage in Cuba as a youth. He founded the Le Grand David magic shows in the 1970s and purchased the Cabot Street Cinema, and later, the nearby Larcom Theatre in Beverly. He is survived by his godson, David Bull, the “David” in the troupe’s name. Obit from the Boston Herald, 3-28-2012.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 8, 2012 at 10:43 am

I recently noticed a new listing in the Boston Herald movie theater directory: the LPF Studio Cinema in Beverly. Located at 296A Cabot Street, which is very near the Cabot Street Cinema (at 286 Cabot St.) Anyone know anything about it?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on July 8, 2012 at 6:35 pm

I never heard of it, but their web site is

PopcornNRoses on May 18, 2013 at 5:16 am

Cabot St is now up for sale – here are two articles about the sale and it’s potential impact on the community:

Salem News:

chitchatjf on March 28, 2014 at 4:11 am

Now closed

Bill L
Bill L on November 14, 2014 at 7:27 pm

Cabot Cinema has been saved. A consortium of five Beverly businessmen including Paul Van Ness who operates CinemaSalem have purchased it. It is being rehabbed and will show feature films and a variety of live entertainment. A restaurant within is also planned. Saving this jewel of the past is a dream come true, especially for the downtown area businesses. We came close to an unthinkable (in 2014) loss but got a happy ending.

Bill L.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on March 2, 2015 at 5:50 pm

It has reopened.

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