Gorman Theatre

29 Kendall Street,
Framingham, MA 01702

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David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on July 25, 2014 at 2:08 pm

Ron, I think that’s because Concord St (main thoroughfare downtown) was to the right about a block, and to the left down Kendall St. there are only some houses. Funny how it only took me 2 years to notice the comment. Time flies.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on April 10, 2012 at 7:16 pm

One thing interesting about the old b&w photo of the Gorman posted above is that the marquee only displays down the sidewalk to the right and not in the other direction. Odd! I have encountered this oddity at just one other theater here in MA.

dickneeds111
dickneeds111 on April 9, 2012 at 11:06 pm

Sorry but I must eat crow because after further research I have discovered that GCC was in existence from 1935-2002. I apologize.

dickneeds111
dickneeds111 on April 9, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I do not think that the Gorman was purchased by GCC in 1947. They were not in existance till the early 50’s when they opened the first Cinemas at AShoppers World. Richard Smith the Pres. of GCC was manager of the Scituate Playhouse in Scituate in 1947 to at least 1951-52. That was a Lockwood Gordon theatre. I may be wrong but I don’t think so.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on March 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

According to his listing in the AIA’s American Architects Directory, the architect for the 1947-1948 renovation of the Gorman Theatre was Harry J. Korslund, of Norwood, Massachusetts.

screenlover
screenlover on July 23, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I saw wait until dark here.By this time it was in real bad shape.I can remember huge holes in the seats sticky floors.I am not sure when it was torn down but i am sure it was not long after i was there.

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on June 3, 2011 at 8:28 pm

A Sanborn map from 1922 lists 850 seats with 2 balconys. The building was modernized in 1948.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 9, 2010 at 7:01 pm

As “Gorman’s” this theater is listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook as having 1800 seats and open 6 days per week. The seat count is too high.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 22, 2005 at 3:51 pm

To dwodeyla: Your photo is different and much better- clearer, sharper and showing much more. The MGM photo has the cornice above “1902” at the top; the large poster case on the left edge; the other large poster case on the right edge, and the gutter and sidewalk at the bottom. The marquee is the same. There is even a similar black sedan parked in front of the right poster case. The arrangement of photos in that case are different. The MGM photo was taken probably about the same time-frame as your photo. The MGM photographer was standing at the same place as your photographer only he moved closer to the building.

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on December 21, 2005 at 6:03 pm

Ron, if you check my photo in this link, http://natickmass.info/Gorman.htm is it the same as your photo? I’ve been searching for a view that shows the marquee, with no luck yet. My email is

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 21, 2005 at 4:44 pm

The MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for the Gorman includes a photo of the entrance made in 1941. The year “1902” appears above the marquee and it is very vintage in appearance. Because my copy of the photo is a washed-out Xerox, it’s not possible to read the attractions. The Report states that the Gorman has beeen a MGM customer for over 10 years, that the theatre is in Good condition; and the seating is: main floor- 406, balcony- 379, total: 785. The population in Framingham in 1940 was 23,200 and the competing theatres for the Gorman are the Hollis and St. George theaters.

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on January 20, 2005 at 12:35 pm

Sorry, the Film Daily may have a spelling error. The name of the town is Framingham. The link to the web page is http://natickmass.info/Gorman.htm

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on September 13, 2004 at 6:30 pm

The link has changed. It’s a part of http://natickmass.info/

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on June 27, 2004 at 3:49 am

http://www.natickmass.info/chapter2.html is a link to a history of the Gorman, written in 1970 by Virginia Lucier for the Framingham News.