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August 22, 2013

Our view: Larcom's revival a boost for Beverly's downtown, arts

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Peter Van Ness of Gloucester, who is booking three concerts at the Larcom this fall, called the 450-seat venue “acoustically perfect.”

A busy Larcom would surely be a boost to downtown bars and restaurants. A 16-night showing of “Late Night Catechism” in April and May brought more than 2,000 people to the city. Beverly Main Streets is already working to find ways to partner the theater with restaurants.

“It’s another reason to bring new people downtown,” Main Streets Executive Director Gin Wallace said.

Coupled with the revived North Shore Music Theatre, rescued by Bill Hanney in 2010 and currently in the middle of a strong season of shows, the revival of the Larcom bodes well for the city’s live entertainment scene.

“I think there’s room enough for everybody,” Bull told Leighton. “As long as you’re putting on quality entertainment, I think people will turn out.”

We agree.

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