Location: Springfield, MA
Date/Time: March 25, 2023
The Theatre: The Paramount Theater (also known as the Julia Sanderson Theater and The Hippodrome) opened in 1926. Built at a cost of $1 million (13 million when adjusted for inflation), it was the most ornate theater in western Massachusetts. The Paramount closed in 2011 after being used as a nightclub for a few years. It is currently scheduled to undergo a renovation next year and reopen as a performing arts center.
This will probably be the last workshop at the Paramount.
Franklin Park Theatre
Location: Boston, MA
April 16, 2023
The Theatre: The Franklin Park Theatre opened on December 8, 1914 in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. It was designed by Boston architectural firm Funk and Wilcox, who also designed the nearby Strand Theatre. It was turned into a church in 1963.
The Franklin Park is one of my favorite workshop locations. A theater from the balcony, and a church from the orchestra level. Plus, it’s got some crazy fire damage, and a piano covered in mushrooms.
Auditorium of the “Grant” Theatre.
Location: South of Boston, MA
April 29, 2023
The Theatre: The Grant opened in the early 1900s as a vaudeville theater, and was eventually divided into 2 separate theaters. It’s been closed for several years with no plans to reopen it.
***At the request of the owner, the real name and location of this theater will be disclosed only to workshop attendees. ***
Location: Boston, MA
August 26, 2023
The Theatre: The Strand Theatre opened on November 11, 1918, in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. It was designed by Boston architectural firm Funk and Wilcox, who also designed the nearby Franklin Park Theatre. It is currently used for live events.
The Strand is an active theater with decay. It’s got air conditioning, so it’s perfect for a late summer workshop.
I’m currently working on a package workshop for some mid western theaters. It will probably take place in June, and I’ll post about it when the dates are set. Hope everyone is having a great 2023!