Mohawk Theatre

111 Main Street,
North Adams, MA 01247

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The Mohawk Theatre opened in 1938 and closed down in 1991. There is an effort underway to begin planning a restoration of the theatre into an arts center over the next two years. First, however, there is the task of raising the estimated $3.5 million needed.

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spectrum
spectrum on September 7, 2007 at 10:45 pm

Recent developments posted on the Mohawk Theatre’s web site (link above) from spring 2007:

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts committeed $500,000 of state funding to the North Adams Office of Community Development towards restoration of the Mohawk – the funding to go towards architectural design and engineering work, with the city providing matching funds. The OCD put out a request for proposals and received a big response with 7 quality proposals, the firm of Finegold Alexander and Associates being chosen for the project. An open house was held on March 16, and the project was to begin sometime after May, taking 1 year to complete. Accordiny to a previous study the building was considered basically sound.

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on April 30, 2008 at 9:28 pm

The latest issue of Theatre Historical Society’s MARQUEE MAGAZINE features a photo and short bio of this theater in a travel feature spotlighting the Berkshires.

Go to www.historictheatres.org to join THS or order back issues.

mark edmunds
mark edmunds on June 16, 2008 at 3:56 pm

I worked in N. Adams in the 80’s and went to the Mohawk alot a great little town theatre. Across the street a few blocks down I seem to remember a Sheraton Hotel that had a little cinema in the basement part of the hotel? is this a senior moment or was there a cinema there? I purchased a few nice b/w 8x10 photos on e-bay of the Mohawk.

rickrichardello1974
rickrichardello1974 on May 2, 2010 at 2:28 am

I worked at the Mohawk for two summers in the early nineties, along with several of my teenage friends. Tony Valotta was still there at the time, and the couple that were referenced in a previous post were Mike and Maria Thornton, and yes, sadly they packed up and left town, and took the money therefore leaving no choice but to close the beloved Mohawk Theater… I remember going there as a kid and being greeted by Tony and also by Joejoe Fuginetti. 2 people that dedicated their lives to that magical theater…

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 5:26 pm

This theatre is listed on C.T. as a former Loews,but it was run at one time by E.M. LOEWS a different company as listed above.

DonLewis
DonLewis on October 10, 2010 at 11:41 pm

From the 1960s a photo postcard that captured a view of the Mowhawk Theatre in North Adams.

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on August 6, 2012 at 9:48 am

Went by this recently on a bicycle trip. There was an event for late July on the marquee. Apparently it’s in use. The doors have no handles on the outside, though. I will post a marquee picture and the mural on the back of the stagehouse.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 6, 2013 at 9:15 pm

A brief item about E. M. Loew’s Mohawk Theatre in North Adams appeared in the lower right corner of this page of the April 29, 1939, issue of Boxoffice. There is a photo showing one side wall of the auditorium as seen from the top of the balcony.

The item notes Mowll & Rand as architects, but attributes the decoration of the theater to William Riseman and someone named Alec Lercari (who I can’t find mentioned anywhere on the Itnernet, so perhaps it is a typo.)

Dean0
Dean0 on September 12, 2013 at 10:39 am

My friend came up with an idea that I’d like to pursue. If there’s plans for the future of the theater, then it may not work out but the idea is to open an alternative movie theater, where we show non-standard films, either indie movies or older films at a low price on Fridays and Saturdays.

If I could at least break even, I’d do it just to put the theater to use and give the people in community something to do every week without breaking the bank.

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