of residents from many North Shore towns have fond memories
of growing up with the Warwick Theatre as a part of their lives:
Saturday matinees, first dates, catching up with friends and
neighbors while standing in that too-long line. It wasn’t
just a movie theatre, but a hub of activity, a destination
that brought people into town. We lost something special when
the old theater shut down.
Theatre Foundation is a non-profit initiative dedicated to preserving
the history of the original Warwick Theatre and creating a new,
community-based, state-of-the-art theater. Our hope is that in
addition to providing first-rate entertainment, the new Warwick
will become a community gathering place, enliven downtown foot
traffic, and boost the economy of surrounding businesses.
has long been a center of the arts—the Marblehead
Arts Association was founded in 1922 with a mission to foster “the
knowledge and love of the fine and applied arts and kindred subjects.” We
are home to schools of art, music, and dance, as well as the historic
Festival of Arts and wonderful
Theater. A venue dedicated to film and digital
arts, joining the history of classic movies with the newest entertainment
technology, would make us complete as a cultural center.
The current owners of the property, Warwick
Place LLC, are redeveloping the entire block, and while they will
demolish the old theatre building, they will be restoring the original
facade and vintage signage. The Warwick Theatre Foundation’s
goal is to rent a portion of the building from the owner for a
state-of-the-art community-run cinema, so that movies will once
more be shown behind the historic marquee.