High school graduates pose for photos outside The Hanover Theatre after receiving their diplomas on our main stage

Community Impact

The Hanover Theatre is proud to play a significant role in giving back to the community.  The following are a few examples of our goodwill:

More than 1,500 complimentary tickets for underserved families annually

Partnership with Arts Worcester to showcase local artists' works in the Franklin Square Salon

Working with other nonprofit groups to host successful fundraising efforts

Volunteer Beautification Program enhancing spaces near the theatre

Tickets donated to nonprofit fundraising efforts (valued at $20,000)

Civic events and ceremonies: Simulcast of Presidential Inauguration, Firefighter of the Year ceremony, State Swearing In ceremony, US Air Force Band concerts, college commencements, scholarship pageants, American Theatre Organ Conference, Immigration and Naturalization Ceremony

Subsidized tickets for student matinees serving 14,000 kids each year (valued at $26,000)

Partnership with W.I.S.E. Program (Worcester Institute for Senior Education)

Participate in Worcester Windows initiative

Economic Impact

The Hanover Theatre is a catalyst for the rebirth of downtown Worcester and serves as an example of the positive impact the performing arts can have on the community:

Over two million patrons from 350 cities and towns throughout Central Massachusetts and beyond

Over $13 million in economic impact to the city of Worcester*

Over $900,000 spent annually, helping to promote Worcester as a cultural destination

Preserving and maintaining an architecturally significant historic venue

Over 220 leadership donors; over 8,000 members and subscribers

Over 140 world-class shows and performances annually

Partnerships with restaurants and hotels stimulating the local economy

Theatre spurs WBDC to create Theatre District and CitySquare to invest in development project

Home of The Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, the largest theatre pipe organ in New England

*source: New England Foundation for the Arts, culturecount