Photo and Commentary by Elizabeth Boyle
The Cabot Street Cinema, built in the 1920’s, represents Beverly’s interest in entertainment. Today along with back in the 1920’s, people wanted to go out and do things on the weekends as well as weeknights. The Cabot Street Cinema offers a place for people to go see a movie or a show. It was built in the 1920’s, or also known as the Jazz Age. This was a time when the silent movie and Mickey mouse were created. It was also the time when magic began to flourish. People began to become interested in spiritualism which developed into magic. The Cabot Street Cinema supported the new interest in magic with Le Grand David and His own Spectacular Magic Company. Locally, the Cabot Street Cinema represented the interest in leisure and entertainment. Nationally it was parallel to the Raging Twenties, a time when the arts and entertainment were at their peak. Today it still represents the national interest in movies and theater as well as the local interest in embracing a historical landmark.
The Cabot Street Cinema is immortal. Since its construction int eh 1920’s, it has been devotedly restored by its non-profit owners. Beverly takes pride in its historic landmarks, the Cabot Street Cinema being one of them. The Cabot Street Cinema is unique in that it has an "old fashioned" type theater, with a balcony and only one stage/screen. Its exceptional character brings exclusivity to Beverly, which will continue to restore it for all to see.
The North Shore Music Theater, founded in 1955, also represents a time in Beverly when entertainment was significant. Nationally the 1950’s or the Golden Age, established a feeling of family togetherness. It was the end of World War II and families were reunited wanting to spend more time together. It was also a time of good, clean entertainment. The North Shore Music Theater provided for this by offering musicals, concerts and children shows. The roomy theater provided much room for families to watch quality entertainment. Today this theater still represents the popular interest in the arts and entertainment both locally and nationally.
The North Shore Music Theater is both immortal and dynamic. It is immortal in the sense that it will stay in Beverly forever. It has had so much success in the past and has made quite a name for itself, that the community of Beverly will keep it immortal. Although immortal, it is also changing. North Shore Music theater will always be expanding its structure along with its technology. The purpose of the north Shore Music Theater will be immortal while its appearance will be ever changing with modern times.