video: Worcester’s Paris Cinema to be Demolished, Replaced by Beer Garden

Friday, July 14, 2017
GoLocalWorcester News Team

Paris Cinema to be demolished
The Paris Cinema located on Franklin Street in Worcester will be demolished and replaced with a 320 seats indoor/outdoor Brew Garden.

“We are pleased to continue with the evolution of The Grid District and the revitalization of Downtown Worcester. We believe the restaurant concepts, especially the Brew Garden, reinforce the goal of having a Live, Work and Play Downtown,” said John McGrail, President and CEO of MG2, the company doing the demolition.

The demolition will take place on Tuesday, July 18 at 10 a.m.

Paris Cinema

The Paris Cinema has been on Franklin Street for 90 years, but restoration was not financially unfeasible.

The theatre was formally known as the Capitol Theatre and opened in 1926. It closed in 1966 for renovation before opening as Paris Cinema in 1967.

It became an adult movie theater in 1980 and stayed that way until 2006 when it closed.

The building has been vacant since 2006 and was condemned by the Fire Department due to structural integrity concerns.

The Paris Cinema is one of two former movie theaters that have been targeted for potential demolition or redevelopment.

  • #20

    Pizza Hut at South Plaza on Grafton Street

    Calling all bookworms!

    Back in the 80s, at elementary schools throughout the city, the Worcester Public School system had a reading program called Bookworms. Every book a student read would go towards earning that student a personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut.

    The one that doesn't exist now, where Building #19 used to be on Grafton Street, was quite the place. If you lived on Grafton Hill, you saw all your friends there drinking soda from the same red plastic cup you were.

  • #19

    Little Theater

    The sign still hangs outside and the City Council has recently made a push to look into salvaging and restoring it.

    A haven for field trips and Saturday afternoon performances, the Little Theater held 500 people.

  • #18

    Webster Square Cinema

    A twin-cinema (or two screens), Webster Square Cinema is now home to Sun N' Sound. How it existed with such a small amount of parking available is baffling. 

  • #17


    Caldor screams retail nostalgia. 

    Worcester kids born in the 80s also witnessed it become Ames...and then close again.

  • #16

    Showcase Cinema Downtown

    Before Showcase North Cinemas opened, this place was the epi-center of movie going in Worcester. Compared to Webster Square and White City, this place was luxurious. It was an old theater with an enormous screen and its lobby was pristine...for a while.

    It's now home to the highly successful Hanover Theatre.

  • #15


    Thanks to T.J. Maxx and Marshalls, Zayre came and went rather quickly in Worcester. It made its home at Beaver Brook. 

  • #14


    No we are not talking about that ShBoom's they put under a parking garage (which is now home to Mezcal). We are talking about the Shbooms that used be on Main Street (now where the new Worcester courthouse is). 

    This is the Shboom's where women danced on top of a car that was a DJ booth, and the Shboom's where every Sweet 16 ever thrown in Worcester was held. 

    And where 21 and under nights was an actual thing.

  • #13

    McDonald's Playland on Grafton Street

    Your timeouts were in the jail of the Hamburglar. And you had two options with your Happy Meal: Hamburger or Cheeseburger.

  • #12

    Ricky's Putt Stop

    An indoor mini-golf course on James Street was the host of many birthday parties. Stop the fun. 

  • #11

    Abdow's Big Boy

    What kid could resist the Grilled Cheese and Fries? It was $1.99 so the parents loved it too.

    Slosh it all down with a giant chocolate milk and call it a day.

    Hit up the gumball machine on the way out.

    Now it's home to Moe's.

  • #10

    White City Cinemas

    Red shag carpet as far as the eye can see. And two floors!

    The blue and white striped building across the bridge in Shrewsbury was the second largest movie theater in the area for a long time. 

    However, like the others, Showcase North opened up and took them all down. This one lasted the longest and closed in the late 1990s.

    They knocked it down and put a Jimmy's Tavern in and a Thai place.

  • #9

    The Ground Round

    This place didn't close too long ago. And it was a great 1-2 punch with White City Cinemas across the street.

    On your birthday, your meal cost your height in inches.

    Watch out for the clowns though.

  • #8

    Dream Machine at Worcester Galleria

    What kid from the 80s didn't go to school with at least one Dream Machine token? The place was addicting. 

  • #7

    Millbury Amusements

    Now home to Rt 146, MIllbury Amusements had batting cages, bumper cars and a driving range.

    You can leave your car there overnight now to carpool with co-workers.

  • #6

    Worcester Galleria/Common Outlets

    A street runs through where the Fashion Outlets used to be. This was the best hang out place in the city. And that's what probably led to its downfall. All the kids were there, but none of them had any money on them.

  • #5

    Playland on Stafford Street

    Formerly located on Stafford Street, this was the place to have your birthday party in elementary school. It was like Chuck E Cheese, but without the rules...and the giant mouse.

  • #4

    Whalom Park

    That roller coaster was a little wobbly, but it was totally worth it to have an amusement park so close.

    Just shoot up I-190 North and you'll be there in 45 or less. 

  • #3

    Discovery Zone

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  • #2


    Spag's invented discounted pricing. And for the longest time, they didn't even give you bags for what you bought. But they had literally everything you could possibly need all under a few roofs. 

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