The Hanover Theatre Puts
Downtown Worcester Center Stage

Downtown Worcester is fertile ground, experiencing a cultural and economic transformation that is ushering in significant development activity on Main Street and core areas of the city. The Hanover Theatre is a catalyst for this period of growth and is opening the door to exciting new possibilities for the city’s future. In addition to the theatre’s 551 Main Street expansion, significant development projects are underway.

Theatre District Alliance

Theatre District Campaign

The theatre’s continued success gives investors confidence in the city’s future. The Theatre District Master Plan, formally adopted by the city in 2013, was born from that success in an effort to steer the revitalization of Main Street and downtown in a positive direction. The theatre is committed to building on the positive changes and renewed excitement taking place for the theatre district initiative. It plays a key role in the newly formed Theatre District Alliance and is officially launched The Theatre District Campaign on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Theatre District Block Party. The campaign will raise awareness and funds to support key components of The Theatre District Master Plan.

With the development of 551 Main Street, the theatre is in an excellent position to broaden the scope of what downtown Worcester can deliver to residents and visitors.  It is partnering with the city, Worcester Business Development Corporation, City Square, Greater Worcester Chamber of Commerce and Theatre District Alliance to build a vibrant 18-hour-a-day cultural destination. 

The theatre has identified four Theatre District Campaign priorities that promise to have a transformative impact on the district in the next 2-3 years.

We gratefully acknowledge the generosity of the following patrons for their support of the theatre’s acquisition of the building at 551 Main Street:

The George I. Alden Trust
Bay State Savings Bank
The Jeanne Y. Curtis Trust
Mary C. DeFeudis
The Ruth H. and Warren A. Ellsworth Foundation
Patty and Fred Eppinger
The Fred Harris Daniels Foundation
The Fletcher Foundation
The George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation  
The Albert J. Gifford Charitable Trust
The Hanover Insurance Group Foundation
The Francis A. and Jacquelyn H. Harrington Foundation
The Hoche-Scofield Foundation
MCPHS University
Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund
The McDonough Charitable Foundation
The Mildred H. McEvoy Foundation
National Grid
Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund
The Schwartz Charitable Foundation
The Stoddard Charitable Trust
Wyman-Gordon Foundation

-List current as of May 2017


For more info:

Nel Lazour, Director of Development