Less than 24 miles from Boston, the historic Larcom Theatre is conveniently located in downtown Beverly, MA only 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) on 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.
Today, Peter & Vickie Van Ness of gimmeLIVE continue to showcase the area's top musical talent on stage with national recording stars at the Larcom Theatre.
There is plenty of free parking at the municipal parking lot on Bow Street, about 150 feet away and at the City Hall parking lot about half a block away. You do not have to feed the meters after 5pm or on Sundays.Click here for detailed directions to the historic Larcom Theatre.
Vickie and Peter Van Ness, founders of gimmeLIVE, have produced some of the largest and most critically acclaimed concerts and festivals on Boston's North Shore featuring top local talent on stage with national recording stars.
After founding Gloucester's wildly successful summer Block Parties and producing several other major events, including Concert From the Heart, which raised money for a local boy's much needed heart transplant, they produced Celebrate Gloucester 2010 featuring Charles Neville, Henri Smith, Roomful of Blues and top local talent.
GIMMELIVE kicked off a Summer 2012 concert series at North Shore Music Theatre with Chris Isaak's brand-new tour (which introduced local rising star Chelsea Berry) followed by Aaron Neville, with local singer Henri Smith and the first Orleans concert in New England after original founder John Hall re-joined the band, featuring local legend Fly Amero.
In 2013, gimmeLIVE began presenting critically acclaimed concerts at the fully restored, historic Larcom Theatre in Beverly, MA starting with a sold-out Mardi Gras concert featuring Grammy-winner Charles Neville of the Neville Brothers with Henri Smith New Orleans Friends & Flavours in the spring and continuing with a fall-winter series, featuring world-class artists, whose Larcom Theatre shows have garnered rave reviews.
New Larcom Theatre concerts have been announced for Spring 2014 and more will be announced in the near future.
On December 21, 2013, gimmeLIVE packed Gloucester's iconic UU Church Meetinghouse for the first of a new concert series featuring top local talent.
See photos, videos, reviews of these critically acclaimed shows:
JOHNNY WINTER JAN 31, 2014 | CAPE ANN SOLSTICE DEC 21, 2013 | NEW ORLEANS XMAS DEC 14 & 15, 2013
SLIDE BROTHERS NOV 2, 2013 | ALLEN ESTES OCT 5, 2013 | CHARLES NEVILLE/HENRI SMITH APR 6, 2013