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After completing a partial demolition in July and August of 2021, Adams Theater is working towards a renovation period of 3 to 6-months in early 2022, including the following physical upgrades: 


  • Equip the auditorium with electric, heating, cooling, and ventilation infrastructure (7,750 SF)

  • Install a fire protection system for the storefront, the auditorium, the bathroom, and the basement (17,635 SF)

  • Upgrade the floor of the auditorium (7,750 SF)

  • Add bathrooms for the theater in the former boiler room area (1,500 SF)

After providing free, community-oriented programming activities throughout the summer and the fall of 2021, Adams Theater is closed in preparation for a renovation in the winter. The Theater plans to open to the public in 2022 as a multi-functional Performing Arts Center. 


Adams Theater in the 70s
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Adams Theater Downtown Site Plan
Adams Theater Regional Plan


Highlights from the site plans:


  • 6 miles south of MASS MoCA and 12 miles from Clark Art Institute, Williams College

  • Across the street (Park Street) from the Town Hall

  • Physically connected to Armory Court, a paved public space for social activities

  • 50 ft away from Ashuwillticook Rail Trail

  • Over 300 public parking spots within a 2-minute walking radius of the Theater, free after hour parking

Adams Theater New Facade Design Option 2
Adams Theater New Facade Design Option 1


We have made plans to restore the façade to enhance the Theater's visibility and downtown vibrancy. Over time, we envision the façade to be in constant conversation with the community and to be a canvas for re-imagination. Each year, we will invite artists and designers to submit their proposals to "intervene" on the existing façade. The images below highlight possibilities in façade designs and our working process.

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The 7,750 sqft auditorium will be a multi-functional space with flexible configurations, ideal for the performing arts, lectures, rehearsals, and special events. A maximum of 360 removable seats can fit comfortably into the space. 

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The 2,200 sqft street-front space has been divided into two units for decades. The plan is to combine the storefront café and make it an inviting place for both Theater visitors and the local community. In conjunction with the adjacent Armory Court, the café at Adams Theater will provide a new social experience in town.