Fine Arts Theatre

19 Summer Street,
Maynard, MA 01754

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LOBBY 9/10/2012

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Originally built as a livery stable, then a garage, the Fine Arts Theatre opened in June 1949. This charming, independently owned triplex has managed to remain in business for decades despite the competition of nearby megaplexes. The first time I visited the Fine Arts Theatre was in the 1970’s when the theatre primarily exhibited foreign and independent films (I saw “Cousin Cousine” there).

The theatre showed mainstream first run fare. The main auditorium features Asian-style artwork on the walls. The other two auditoriums, which I presume were built at a later date, are small and nondescript. It was closed for renovation in 2013, and money is being raised to install digital projection.

Contributed by Erik Hestnes

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MPol
MPol on May 14, 2009 at 10:49 am

So….the Fine Arts Theatre in Maynard, MA still looks the same! I’ll be darned!

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 29, 2010 at 9:29 am

The book Maynard, Massachusetts: A House in the Village, by Jan Voogd, says that the Fine Arts opened in 1949.

MPol
MPol on October 29, 2010 at 11:22 am

Hi, Ron. Thanks for posting the interesting preview of the book about Maynard, Ma, and for the heads-up about when the Fine Arts Theatre first opened.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on October 29, 2010 at 11:36 am

An advertisement for both the Peoples and Fine Arts theatres is on page 92 of this book:

Maynard: Postcard History Series by Paul Boothroyd

The caption under the ad says: “On May 6, 1921, Peoples Theatre on Nason Street was opened with a license to show moving pictures. In June 1949, the Fine Arts Theatre, a moving picture house on Summer Street, was opened. A few years later, Peoples was closed, and the Fine Arts became the only moving picture theatre in town.”

The FIne Arts advertised itself as ‘Showing Quality American, English and Foreign Films.’ The movies advertised for the “Week of December 31” are Madeleine and Rocking Horse Winner, both ‘English Made’. Madeleine came out in 1950 so I assume this is when the ad ran. Admission was 55 cents, or 25 cents for children accompanied by adults. There are ‘Daily Broadcasts from WKOX Framingham’ but this is not otherwise explained in the ad.

MPol
MPol on October 30, 2010 at 6:21 am

Interesting info, Ron. Thanks again for the heads-up.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm

THEATER SEAT COUNT IS WAY OFF—I BELIEVE ITS 630

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 10, 2012 at 8:38 pm

THEATER UP FOR SALE OR LEASE.

longislandmovies
longislandmovies on September 10, 2012 at 8:39 pm

THEATER # 1 IS 405
THEATER 2 —160
THEATER 3—90

PopcornNRoses
PopcornNRoses on October 12, 2013 at 8:03 am

The website now lists the theater as “Closed”.

lee_601
lee_601 on November 2, 2013 at 9:47 pm

The Fine Arts in only closed for renovation. The old web site that says it’s closed is for the former tenant. The new owners web site is http://fineartstheatreplace.com/ and their Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/FineArtsTheatrePlace

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