The Larcom Theatre built in 1912, the same year as Fenway Park is a handsome and lovingly restored 600 capacity theatre offering both stage and screen entertainment in downtown Beverly’s central art district. The Larcom Theatre is rich with elegance and boasts many original features. Known for its spectacular acoustics, the intimate venue hosts local talent, nationally renowned, award-winning stars, and educational and community events.
The Larcom Theatre was named for the town’s beloved nineteenth-century poet, author, and teacher, Lucy Larcom, whose birthplace once stood at the same Wallis Street address. Co-editor of a magazine for female mill workers in Lowell, Massachusetts; revered professor at Wheaton College; close friend of Oliver Wendell Holmes and John Greenleaf Whittier; and great lover of the beautiful in life and nature, Lucy Larcom departed Beverly and this world in 1893, leaving behind a shelf of memorable works, including A New England Girlhood and An Idyll of Work.
The Larcom Theatre opened with both stage and screen entertainment nineteen years later on October 28, 1912. The gala event ran with “rare first-night smoothness,” according to the Beverly Evening Times. An advertisement in the 1923 Beverly City Directory boasted “The Reason why the Larcom Theatre is so Home-like, because the Entertainment always pleases, and one spends an Evening of Pleasure with Neighbors and Friends.”
Originally constructed as a Vaudeville theatre, the 600 capacity Larcom Theatre enjoyed more than 100 years as host to a true variety of events: from music, dance, acrobats to adult films and the Guinness Book of World Records longest consecutively running stage magic show in the world, Le Grand David and His Spectacular Magic Company. Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Magic Company purchased the Larcom in February 1984. By then, the troupe’s stage magic production at the Cabot was entering its eighth year. Under the direction of Le Grand David founder and director Cesareo Pelaez, fifteen months of renovations by company members went into the Larcom. By October 1985 a new two-hour production of stage magic—all different from the Cabot Street extravaganza–was set to debut. In May 2012, Le Grand David and company completed a phenomenal 35 consecutive years of performances. In September 2016, a couple from Beverly purchased the theatre and transformed it into a multi-arts venue enriching the community with music, dance, children's theatre, comedy, variety shows, and more.