Paris Cinema

68 Franklin Street,
Worcester, MA 01608

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Paris Cinema

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The Capitol Theatre opened on December 11, 1926, one of downtown Worcester’s movie palaces. In later years it became an adult cinema and the name changed to Paris Cinema. The original theatre auditorium seems still to be there.

It was closed down by the authorities in January 2006.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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nvargelis on March 21, 2010 at 7:30 am

recent interior photos of the Paris Cinema:

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There was a lack of sufficient light to get good pictures, but at least here you can see some of the details of the auditorium. Some superficial water damage, but everything seems to be intact.

nvargelis on March 21, 2010 at 7:35 am

CORRECTION! I made a mistake in the above post, the URL for the Flickr set of the interior of the Paris Cinema is:

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 15, 2010 at 10:58 am

Still sitting empty when I biked by it last night. Were all the theatres called ‘Paris’ (in Boston, Worcester, NYC, and elsewhere) once linked together in a chain?

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 19, 2011 at 4:32 am

Preservation Worcester provides this page about the Capitol Theatre, with four small photos of interior details and a few paragraphs of text. The Capitol was placed on the organization’s “most endangered” list in 2005.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 18, 2012 at 10:45 am

The owners of the building recently offered to donate the huge “Paris” sign out front to a local preservation office to sell as a fund-raiser. Most collectors of theater memorabilia would not have room for it!

CSWalczak on April 28, 2012 at 12:47 am

The theater’s sign is up for auction, and a developer has plans to raze the theater and adjacent structures: View article

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on April 28, 2012 at 3:29 am

Is there another still-operating Paris Cinema (perhaps the one in NYC) who could use the sign?

RickB on May 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm

“…the building behind it is due for replacement.” Ah, euphemism.

spectrum on January 29, 2016 at 3:27 pm

As of early 2016, the building is still there intact.

megze on August 3, 2016 at 7:05 am

Recent photos of the inside of the theater:

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