The Larcom Theatre , located at 13 Wallis Street in Beverly, Massachusetts is a Historic Performing Arts Venue that hosts live stage and screen entertainment. The Larcom is rich with elegance and boasts many original features. known for it's spectacular acoustics, there are few places that can offer a better live musical experience. The Larcom currently hosts local talent, nationally renowned, award-winning stars, and municipal and corporate events. On any given weekend, you may find an orchestra, a jazz band, a rock band, live theatre, comedy shows, movies, children's plays, vaudeville shows, and more.
Harris and Glover Ware, two brothers and former vaudeville musicians from Marblehead, Massachusetts built the Larcom in 1912 and named it for the Beverly-born poet Lucy Larcom.
Lucy Larcom, was the town’s beloved nineteenth-century poet, author, and teacher, 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, 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 opened with both stage and screen entertainment 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.”
The Larcom had become a films-only showplace by the 1930s.
Abracadabra Partners Ltd. (Parent company of Le Grand David and his own Spectacular Magic Company), purchased the Larcom in February 1984. 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 was presented.
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, transforming it into a multi-arts venue, enriching the community with music, dance, children's theatre, comedy, and more.