Firehouse Center For The Arts
Other Ideas: Stoneham Theatre; Wheelock Family Theatre; Regent Theatre; Orpheum Theatre; UMass Lowell Center for the Arts
History of The Firehouse Center:
This historic building built as a market house and lyceum by the citizens of Newburyport in 1823 served as the Central Fire Station from the mid 1800s until 1980. A cooperative effort by the public and private sectors has restored the structure as a center for the arts and public events so that it will continue to serve the community for generations to come.
After its reopening in 1991, the Firehouse Center and Schwartz/Silver Architects, Inc. won an 'Honor Award For Architecture' from The American Institute of Architects. The Firehouse is managed by the Society for the Development of Arts and Humanities of Greater Newburyport (SDAH) as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Over the past eleven years, the Firehouse Center has been a hallmark of local culture and arts, drawing patrons from the local communities as well as a large tourist crowd in the spring, summer and fall. Programming is broad-based, and includes dance, music, theater, an art gallery, and a school show series.
New initiatives this past year include a monthly Open Mic Night (sponsored by the Institution for Savings), to encourage and nurture new talent and engage the larger community, a Saturday Morning Family Series featuring interactive entertainment for young audiences, an Americana/Roots Music Series to attract a more diverse audience, and the Newby Theater Awards Ceremony, to recognize excellence in local theater. This fall, we will feature our second annual New Works Festival, inviting writers throughout New England to submit works for staged readings.
One Market Square, Newburyport, MA, 01950 map
The Firehouse Center is located on the Merrimac River in downtown Newburyport. Take I-95 to Exit 57 (Newburyport). Take Route 113 East to Green Street. Turn left and take Green Street to the end. Take a right onto Water Street and the Firehouse will be on your left.
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