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The Needham Theatre – A Last Look before Demolition

     

    The Needham Theatre – A Last Look before Demolition

    The Needham Theatre opened in 1926, and closed in 1989 when the economics of the movie business no longer favored small community cinemas.  A property dispute left the theater building in legal limbo for more than ten years, during which there was no maintenance.  By 2001, the building was deemed dangerous and was taken over by the town for demolition.  Jack Cogswell, at the time a Selectman and member of the Needham Historical Society’s board of directors, took the opportunity to take some last photos of the theater and rescue (with permission) a few of the decorative plaster brackets for the Society’s collection.

    By the time the theater was demolished, its elegant interior had sadly decayed.

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    The Box Office window.
    The Lobby dome.
    The Lobby dome.
    The Lobby and the movie mural.
    A closeup of the mural.
    The Needham Theater – Exterior and Street Views, 1915-1958

    The Needham Theatre – Interior Views, 1949

    Theater Programs and Ephemera