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After completing a partial demolition in July 2021, Adams Theater provided free, community-oriented programs from August to December of 2021. 

 

Adams Theater is currently closed for our first phase renovation in the spring and summer of 2022, working on the following physical upgrades:

 

  • Adding dual-level bathrooms for the theater in the former boiler room area (1,087 SF)

  • Combining the two storefront retail spaces (2,496 SF)

  • Installing a fire protection system for the premise (12,443 SF)

The Theater plans to open again with public programming in the fall of 2022, while preparing for the next phase of the renovation that includes:

  • Upgrading the floor of the auditorium (8,109 SF)

  • Equipping the auditorium with electric, heating, cooling, and ventilation infrastructure (8,109 SF)

2021/2022 BUILDING IMPROVEMENT

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THE SITE

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

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THE FAÇADE

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 highlight possibilities in façade designs and our working process.

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THE AUDITORIUM

The 8,109 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 STOREFRONT CAFE

The 2,496 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.