Mohawk Theatre

111 Main Street,
North Adams, MA 01247

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Dean0
Dean0 on September 12, 2013 at 8:39 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.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on May 6, 2013 at 7:15 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.)

bicyclereporter
bicyclereporter on August 6, 2012 at 7:48 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.

DonLewis
DonLewis on October 10, 2010 at 9:41 pm

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

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on August 4, 2010 at 3:26 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.

rickrichardello1974
rickrichardello1974 on May 2, 2010 at 12:28 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…

mark edmunds
mark edmunds on June 16, 2008 at 1:56 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.

SchineHistorian
SchineHistorian on April 30, 2008 at 7:28 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.

spectrum
spectrum on September 7, 2007 at 8:45 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.

DebbieL
DebbieL on June 8, 2007 at 9:58 am

The Mohawk Theatre is an icon in the City of North Adams. I had the great opportunity of working there as a teenager. I sat many evenings in that tiny ticket booth, and on “dollar nite” the lines were as far around the corner as you can see. Sometimes if you were lucky, “Tony”, the long time manager would let us sneak up to the balcony with friends. The theatre always smelled like popcorn and oddly, my grandmothers' closets!! It was a sad day when the theatre closed. Years later I was fortunate to be involved with the Theatre’s Marquee Restoration a few years back, and when the lights were finally lit again, it was a jewel. But, the theatre is not complete yet, the city is in the stages of restoring the theatre check out www.mohawkttheater.com

shoeshoe14
shoeshoe14 on January 2, 2007 at 9:01 pm

The Mohawk, opened on November 5, 1938 and was designed by Mowll and Rand of Boston, Mass. It had an Art Deco interior and a 25-foot wide proscenium but no significant stage area or fly loft for dramatic theater. It is the last large screen in North Berkshire County.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 19, 2006 at 7:57 am

The Mohawk Theatre on Main St. in North Adams was included in the MGM Theatre Photograph and Report project. There is an exterior photo dated April 1941. The exact same marquee was on the building in 1941 that is there in the photos posted above by Chuck1231, complete with the E.M. Loew logos. The Report states that the Mohawk is not a MGM customer; that it was over 10 years old in 1941; that it is in Fair condition, and has 850 seats on the main floor and 450 in the balcony, total: 1300 seats. The competing theatres in North Adams are listed as: Paramount and Richmond. (I have a seperate MGM Report for the Paramount, but not for the Richmond Theatre). The 1940 population at North Adams was shown as 12,600 on the Mohawk’s Report, and 22,200 on the Paramount’s Report, so take your pick.

David Wodeyla
David Wodeyla on October 5, 2005 at 11:22 am

I think he (Francis Rogers) meant the Paramout was demolished then.

stevepatrick
stevepatrick on September 21, 2004 at 3:31 pm

What has happened to the Mohawk recently? I was involved with a group back in the early 90’s trying to turn it into a live theater, but the husband and wife team skipped town with, what I found out later, many local merchant’s support, as in cash. I loved the theater though, and the people of North Adams and the surrounding community. I would love to go back and get things started. Any updates?

FranRogers
FranRogers on June 19, 2004 at 12:12 pm

With slightly over 1300 seats between the main floor and the balcony, it was a beautiful theater to grow up in. It was designed for movies since there was no stage or dressing rooms behind the screen like its neighbor, The Paramount, just down the street.(both theaters were run by the same company as were several in Pittsfield) The lights along the side walls had bronze “feather” as decoration in honor of its name sake, the Mohawk Indains who once roamed the Berkshire county hills. Unfortunately many were broken and lost over the years and most liely will not be replaced during the renovations due to cost. It was the second theater where I had the opportunity to visit the projection booth and continue my education in the film business.
Francis Rogers
retired projectionist

FranRogers
FranRogers on June 19, 2004 at 12:11 pm

There was also a Paramount theater in North Adams. It was generally used more than it sister theater, the Mohawk, just up the street, although I’m not sure why. It had 1467 seats and was designed as a full stage theater. There was an orchestra pit for about a 25 member orchestra, dressing rooms on each side of a full stage (3 dressing rooms up and 3 down on each side), foot light pockets, complete stage rigging and a huge lighting control board full of orignial knife switches. It was the only film theater I ever saw that had motorized red velvet curtins over the screen along with a white “traveler” between the two. The booth had an operational carbon arc follow spot that was used for holiday parties (and other function) given by the North Adams police department members for all the kids in town. Prizes, raffles, and tons of cartoons were all on the program. It was the first theater that I was lucky enough to gain entry into the projection booth so I could begin learning what would become a life long passion. This happened when I was 14 years old, and it happened without the approval of the mangement. I remember once making a fast exit out an emergency door in the booth. It lead to a staircase built into the balcony. One small, dirty light bulb lit my way down in the massive, empty interior of the balcony to a hidden door built into the main staircase’s landing. I made it!
The theater was demolisted in the 70’s (possible 80’s). The lobby can still be seen if one looks carefully for it now houses a restaurant.

Francis Rogers
retired projectionist