Amesbury Theater

117 Main Street,
Amesbury, MA 01913

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Amesbury Theater

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The "Amesbury" still has its marquee, with the gym sign lit where the movies were once advertised. I could only peek inside, but the terrazzo floors looked great and the auditorium was obviously in one piece, if now denuded of its seats.

Amesbury, Mass. looks to be an up and coming town. Its downtown was once derelict and depressed after the mills closed, but the area has undergone a yuppie conversion and looks just great. Someone could make a few dimes reopening this theater as a theater, despite the competition of "Stage Two Cinema Pub" with "the largest screen in the valley" literally in the Amesbury’s backyard.

Contributed by John Elwood

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stevepatrick
stevepatrick on September 22, 2004 at 7:34 am

Anything new on the status of this theater?

liebstudios
liebstudios on March 17, 2005 at 4:42 pm

The “Amesbury” theater is actually the Strand Theater Building. The building was built in 1912 as the Crown Theater, renovated in 1919 to the Strand, and renovated again in 1947. 2004/2005 we are the architects for the building facade renovation project completed March 2005 as part of the CDBG program.

The “new” facade has brought back the stucco historic to the earlier facades and has refurbished the marquee which bears the name “Amesbury” as well as the tenant.

We tried to upload a photo, but could not. Anyone interested in the project should contact us:

David Michael Lieb, AIA
LIEBSTUDIOS: architecture

www.liebstudios.com

tdeluca
tdeluca on November 1, 2005 at 12:11 am

Is it possible to change to live performances in the theatre?

liebstudios
liebstudios on November 1, 2005 at 12:22 am

If you provide your contact information I would be happy to connect you with the facility owners.

David Michael Lieb, AIA
LIEBSTUDIOS: architecture

www.liebstudios.com

stevepatrick
stevepatrick on November 11, 2005 at 4:57 am

Todd,

Is this the one the real estate gentleman was referring to with regards to your other posting? Have you seen this one? Your thoughts?

Steve

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 20, 2007 at 5:01 am

In the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook, the Strand in Amesbury is listed as being open 6 days per week and having 600 seats.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 21, 2007 at 5:16 am

As the Strand, the theatre is listed in the 1942-43 Motion Picture Almanac as being part of the Warner Brothers circuit of New York. At that time, it was one of 16 theatres in Massachusetts controlled by Warner Brothers, only 3 of which actually carried the name “Warner Theatre”.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 6, 2007 at 7:53 am

The Strand in Amesbury is listed in the 1928 Film Daily Yearbook as part of the Boas Circuit of Boston. Boas operated 22 movie theatres at the time, some of which (like the Amesbury) later went over to Warner Brothers.

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