The Cabot Cinema celebrated its grand opening in 1920 as the Ware Theater. Well known on the North Shore for their vaudeville theaters and movie palaces, the Ware brothers considered this theater in Beverly to be their crown jewel. After nearly a century of use, this irreplaceable North Shore treasure was in grave risk of falling into ruin. In 2014, a concerned group of citizens founded the nonprofit organization The Cabot Performing Arts Center Inc. to rescue, restore, and run the theater. The Cabot has reopened its doors to the public and the ultimate success of the theater depends on the support of the community. The master plan consists of a phased approach, addressing each of the renovation goals on an individual basis. Initial work included replacing the existing auditorium seats with new ones that meet modern standards of comfort, restoring the famed marquee, and creating open floor space to accommodate a broader range of performances and events. Eventually, the main dome above the theater and the vaulted lobby space will be restored to their original grandeur. Siemasko + Verbridge is helping The Cabot navigate the entire renovation process from space planning, building code compliance, systems upgrades, and the execution of all the new and restored elements throughout the venue. SV is determined to help The Cabot achieve its goal: to operate as a vibrant cultural center enriching the lives of the citizens and enhancing the town’s civic center well into the 21st Century.
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