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February 26, 2013

Warwick marquee won't be restored

Sign at former Marblehead theater 'beyond repair'; replica being created

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McCloskey, who is also the chairman of the Design Review Board, said several proposals have been shown to Town Planner Becky Curran. He said the group is working to revamp the town’s sign bylaw, which could include nonconforming uses like neon lights.

Tom McNulty, whose family had owned the theater since 1922, said the marquee was installed in 1948 after the building underwent extensive renovations. The sign had a red, orange and pink hue to it, he said.

He declined comment for this story.

Many of the second- and third-floor offices at the new development are already occupied, and contractors are now working on finishing up the interior of the first floor.

Groom confirmed that Palmers Restaurant, which opened in Andover in 1995, is opening a second location at Warwick Place. The company will also operate a cafe and movie theater in the complex.

The sign is expected to be a capstone to the development, which is expected to increase commerce in the upper downtown.

“We want the sign to go up when we are virtually ready to open,” Groom said.

Staff writer Jonathan Phelps can be reached at 978-338-2527 or by email at jphelps@salemnews.com. Follow him on Twitter at JPhelps_SN.

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