Elm Street Theatre

3 Elm Street,
Worcester, MA 01608

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on June 22, 2010 at 10:43 am

Boxoffice magazine, September 18, 1948, carries a piece about a Regent Theatre on Elm Street that was being demolished that year. I have not found it listed on CT.
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(Item is in the “Worcester” section.)

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on January 31, 2011 at 8:27 pm

This photograph of the Fox Poli (aka Elm Street Theatre) was taken in 1929 by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto and Mann.

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on January 31, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Thanks for the photo Brad.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on February 6, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Thank you for the correction, swellshades. I will re-label the photograph. It may be worth noting that “Fox-Poli Palace Theatre” is not included among the aka’s for the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts. “Fox-Poli” is on the vertical sign and an ad in the “Worcester Evening Gazette” for September 9, 1929 identifies the theatre as the “Fox-Poli Palace.”

swellshades
swellshades on February 8, 2011 at 2:44 pm

It is the only photo I’ve seen that shows the Poli Palace during it’s brief life as a “Fox”, so I’m glad you posted it. The Elm St. Poli was demolished when I was in high school. I haven’t found any photos of the facade, but here is a link to a 1925 drawing of the bldg.:
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It is one of 286 theatre facades done by Anthony F. Dumas in the 20’s and available in the volume “Theatres” by Craig Morrison (Norton,2006).

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on February 8, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Thank you swellshades for the reference to Morrison’s book. Our library has a copy and I’m looking forward to going through it.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on February 19, 2011 at 7:30 am

Worcester Magazine published this article about S.Z. Poli and his new theater on Elm Street in its issue of December, 1912. There are photos of both the facade and the auditorium.

swellshades: The captions of the Dumas drawings in Morrison’s book often give the name of the architect of the theater depicted. Is that the case with the drawing of Poli’s Elm Street?

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