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We’re Celebrating 75 Years in 2012
It all started in 1937. Entrepreneur Walter Reade selected Morristown to be the ideal location for his flagship movie house. Bringing much needed employment to the town during the Depression, The Community Theatre was constructed at the cost of $250,000. On December 23, 1937, Morristown’s new movie palace opened. Since then, the Theatre has seen its glory days as a movie house, its decline and eventual closing in the 1980s, its revival as a concert hall in the 1990s and its renaissance as a world-class performing arts center in the 2000s. Today, Mayo Performing Arts Center is poised to remain Morristown’s cultural nucleus for another 75 years.

Throughout the 2012-2013 season, we’ll be commemorating our 75 years and our movie heritage with special events and surprises. Check back soon for updates on 75th Celebration events!

The first moview to open at The Community Theatre was on December 23, 1937, Nothing SacredRead some of the stories we've received
Click here to read some memories of our past

Click here to read a feature from writer Ellen Wilkowe about our history

Tell us our story – the MPAC History Project
We are collecting a history of our building. We want to know your stories, because your stories are our history.

Please help us preserve our past through your anecdotes, photos and recollections. To participate in this project, please e-mail us at and leave us a brief paragraph about your story and how to contact you.

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Mayo Performing Arts Center • 100 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960 • Box Office: 973-539-8008 • Admin: 973-539-0345

Mayo Performing Arts Center, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit performing arts organization, presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of Northern New Jersey.

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