As we mentioned last week, the entire Caterpickles Clan is thrilled that after millions of dollars in renovations and two years of very hard work by the theatre’s new owner Susan Lewis, the Norwood Theatre has finally reopened! The grand reopening gala happened August 31st, 2012–85 years after the theatre’s original opening on August 31st, 1927.
Although the demands of bedtime (and the dearth of tickets) prevented The Five-Year-Old from attending either the opening gala on Friday night or the performance of the Hal McIntyre Orchestra on Saturday, we at Caterpickles Central have waited far too long for this theater to return to allow its opening to slip by unfeted. Which is why if you had been walking in downtown Norwood at 1:30 on Sunday afternoon you would have seen us waiting in line with various degrees of patience to get into the 2 o’clock showing of Mary Poppins.
The last time I’d been in the theater was years ago, when the previous owner, the Fiddlehead Theatre Company (now located in Dedham Center) performed Fiddler on the Roof there. Daddyo and I were devastated when the theater closed shortly thereafter. Seeing a play or a movie or a concert at our little local theater makes for a fun night out, and I cannot express how grateful I am to Susan Lewis for making it possible once more.
The theater looks spectacular. Here’s a few photos, courtesy of Daddyo’s iPhone, to give you a taste.
I loved the meticulous renovation, which has restored the theater to its original 1927 appearance. Daddyo loved the fact that Mary Poppins was shown using the original 1967 film reels — complete with period news clips, concessions advertisements, and Disney cartoon preceding the main event. Not to mention the flickering black spots and intermittent bouts of sepia tones throughout.
The Five-Year-Old loved the free treats and the fact that there was a balloon-animal artist just waiting to twist a cat for her when the film was over.
All told, a fantastic experience. Which is why when September 15th rolls around, you’ll find us standing in line once again for the Norwood Theatre’s free screening of Albert Lamorisse’s The Red Balloon. Hope to see you there!
- Norwood Theatre opens Labor Day Weekend (Wicked Local)