19 King Street,
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Once the largest movie theatre in Northampton, Massachusetts, the Calvin Theatre was the home of first run films for almost 70 years. It opened in May 1924.
With the arrival of megaplexes in nearby Hadley, the Calvin Theatre struggled to survive second rate film bookings and large overhead. Although Wednesday dollar nights drew crowds, little else did.
Finally, in 1994, the Calvin Theatre quietly put up a sign stating it was closed, at least temporarily. For months, a sun-bleached poster of the Jack Nicholson - Michelle Pfeiffer film “Wolf” drooped sadly in the lightbox of the theatre’s exterior. The Calvin Theatre had gone dark.
A shining knight saw the Calvin Theatre’s potential and bought and renovated the classic theatre. Now housing mostly live performances, the Calvin Theatre does occasionally show first and second run films. The Calvin Theatre, with its new, polished marquee and facade, is back from the brink.
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