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“Good and soon to get even better”

Ranked #6 of 21 things to do in Beverly
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Less than 24 miles from Boston, the fully restored Larcom Theatre is conveniently situated in downtown Beverly, MA -- 3 miles from Route 128 at 13 Wallis Street, with plenty of free parking (see map). This gracious showplace -- featuring spectacular acoustics -- was built in 1912 (the same year as Fenway Park) by Harris and Glover Ware, two brothers and former vaudeville musicians from Marblehead, MA. For their new theatre, which offered both stage and screen entertainment, they chose the birth site of one of America's most widely read nineteenth century poetesses, Lucy Larcom. The Larcom Theatre's grand opening advertised that its interior was lit completely by electricity. After seven years of wowing audiences with his turn-of-the-last-century-style stage magic production at the 1920 Cabot Street Cinema Theatre (just 4 blocks away), Cesareo Pelaez, the founder of the Le Grand David stage magic ensemble, led the purchase of the Larcom in 1984 and immediately set to work restoring its pristine beauty. The Beverly Historical Society recognized Cesareo with an award for the integrity and authenticity of his restoration. When Cesareo finished his work there, the Larcom's elegant horseshoe balcony, hand-painted antique pressed tin ceilings and original silk wall coverings once again took you back in time to an age when American life moved more slowly and more deliberately. Beginning with gimmeLIVE's sold-out 2013 Mardi Gras concert, the Larcom Theatre was filled with music for the first time since the days of Vaudeville. In 2014, gimmeLIVE installed a state-of-the-art sound system featuring Meyer line arrays and subs, which is used for all concerts presented by gimmeLIVE. Today, the Larcom Theatre offers concerts, theatrical productions and comedy presented by gimmeLIVE and Spectacle Management.
Reviewed April 26, 2014

The Larcom Theater opened in 1912 (Like Fenway Park) and has had many uses over the years. It was restored several years ago for use by a resident magic company and is a faithful example of earlier theaters. It is currently scheduling an eclectic mix of live entertainment. We have seen a great New Orleans sound group and a fantastic Blues show and we have just dipped our toes into the available entertainment. Seats about 450 including a horseshoe balcony and has really good acoustics and sight lines. With soon to be granted liquor license, it will be a great place for live entertainment.

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