Calvin Theatre

19 King Street,
Northampton, MA 1060

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Calvin Theatre - 2001

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Once the largest movie theater in Northampton, Massachusetts, the Calvin Theatre was the home of first run films for almost 70 years.

With the arrival of megaplexes in nearby Hadley, the Calvin struggled to survive second rate film bookings and large overhead. Although Wednesday dollar nights drew crowds, little else did.

Finally, in 1994, the Calvin 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 film’s exterior. The Calvin had gone dark.

A shining knight saw the Calvin’s potential and bought and renovated the classic theater. Now housing mostly live performances, the Calvin 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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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on April 28, 2008 at 10:32 am

Here is the Calvin from another angle.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 9, 2008 at 7:05 pm

The Calvin Theater can be seen in this 2007 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 15, 2009 at 10:10 am

No year is given for this photo so feel free to guess at it.

ERD on May 15, 2009 at 10:19 am

The photo must be from 1986 since it is showing the movie DOWN AND OUT IN BEVERLY HILLS

ERD on May 15, 2009 at 10:25 am

Just saw an interior photo of the restoration. The theatre looks beautiful.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on October 5, 2009 at 10:22 am

This is another photo that claims to be from 1979.

ERD on October 6, 2009 at 5:46 am

The photo is from 1976 since that is the date the movie on the marquee was released.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 17, 2010 at 11:51 am

There are 2 movie theaters listed under Northampton in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook. One is the Academy and the other is the “Coolidge” with 1000 seats and open daily. I guess that the Coolidge is actually the Calvin.

gd14lawn on December 23, 2010 at 12:29 am

I was never here for a movie but it is a great concert venue. They filled in the orchestra pit and add additional seating for some concerts. For the more rock and roll concerts they use the front space as a dance floor.
The theatre is really lovely, with wood paneling throughout much of the house. It does seem to have a roof problem now. There is some water damage to the plaster in a few places. It seems to be very heavily booked and I hope they can fix it before the damage becomes extensive.

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