The restoration of this early twentieth-century Thomas Lamb theatre required a complex network of public and private partnerships with a shared vision of the possibilities. LPA’s challenge was to recapture the original grandeur of the former Poli Palace while integrating the modern systems that make it possible to host Broadway shows and other major productions. In the 1970s, the building had been carved into four movie theaters. LPA’s design included restored signature features of the 1926 design such as the stage proscenium, chandeliers, and ornate plasterwork while seamlessly integrating state-of-the-art electrical, air conditioning, sound and lighting systems. Today, The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts is a major performance venue, a cultural icon, and a cornerstone of the revitalization of downtown Worcester.
“The result of this historic restoration is a beautiful theatre complex capturing the original grandeur of the Loew’s Poli Palace Theatre while providing all the amenities of a modern center for performing arts.” Paul Demoga Co-founder, Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts