The Cabot Theatre is a North Shore treasure, a legacy of the visionary showmanship of the Ware Brothers. Opened in 1920 as a dream palace of vaudeville and silent movies, it was hailed as "the most impressive auditorium of its size east of New York". This Ware Theater shared a distinguished architectural pedigree, designed by the architects of Boston's Athenaeum and Olympia Theater and Dorchester's Strand Theater. For its first 40 years, it served as a center of community life for downtown Beverly.
The venue was purchased in 1960 by movie chain giant E.M. Loews, who renamed it the Cabot Cinema. A unique and remarkable transformation began in 1976 when it was purchased by Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Magic Company. For 37 years, the Cabot hosted a long-running magic show that entertained local audiences, made seven White House appearances, and won recognition in the Guinness Book of Records and the magazines of TIME, Smithsonian and National Geographic World.
No ordinary building, the Cabot is a rare survivor. Only 250 similar movie palaces still exist out of an estimated 20,000 theaters built in the 1920s. But its future came into doubt when the Magic Company wound down and they placed the theater up for sale.
With an irreplaceable civic treasure at risk, a passionate group of Beverly citizens has formed a nonprofit organization, Cabot Performing Arts Center, Inc, to operate as "The Cabot", a cultural center that will beat in the heart of 21st Century Beverly as the Ware Theatre did in the vaudeville era.
Learn more about the vision for The Cabot here.
There's plenty of free parking in municipal lots off of Pond St, Federal St and Bow St. You do not have to feed meters after 5pm or on Sundays.
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.
In 1984, Cesareo Pelaez, award-winning founder of the Le Grand David stage magic ensemble, led the purchase and restoration of the Larcom Theatre, returning its elegant horseshoe balcony, hand-painted antique pressed tin ceilings and original silk wall coverings to their original glory.
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 new, state-of-the-art sound system featuring Meyer line arrays and subs, which is used for all concerts presented by gimmeLIVE.
Today, Peter & Vickie Van Ness of gimmeLIVE continue to showcase top local 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 young, rising stars on stage with national recording artists.
In 2007, they reunited the Pousette Dart Band for a Memorial Day Weekend Music & Arts festival that launched Celebrate Gloucester and the grand opening of Cruiseport Gloucester, Gloucester's very first cruise ship terminal.
After co-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 U.S. 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 2013-2014 series, featuring world-class artists, whose Larcom Theatre shows have garnered rave reviews.
In December 2013, gimmeLIVE packed Gloucester's iconic UU Church Meetinghouse for the first of a highly successful benefit concert series featuring top local talent and major recording stars, including John Sebastian, the first Rock n Roll Hall of Famer to perform in Gloucester.
During the summer of 2014, gimmeLIVE presented concerts on Martha's Vineyard at the Old Whaling Church in Edgartown and in Gloucester aboard the Beauport Princess Cruise Ship and at the Waterfront Pavilion.
GIMMELIVE's 2014-2015 concert season at Beverly's Larcom Theatre features award-winning, sold-out shows.
During the summer of 2015, Vickie and Peter are presenting national recording stars at the newly re-opened Cabot Theatre in downtown Beverly.
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Through gimmeLIVE, Peter & Vickie Van Ness continue to bring critically acclaimed entertainment to top intimate venues.