Franklin Square Society 

Continue the legacy of our theatre’s founders by joining the Franklin Square Society.

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Make every night at the theatre a memorable event. We invite FSS members to gather with friends, colleagues and guests in the newly restored Franklin Square Salon.

What Is The Franklin Square Society?

The Franklin Square Society (FSS) is a special category of membership that recognizes those generous supporters who make annual contributions of $1,200 or more. FSS members provide a core of philanthropic support that:

  • Helps to maintain our historic theatre
  • Supports school partnerships that deepen learning through the arts
  • Provides need-based Conservatory scholarships 
  • Underwrites special productions like A Christmas Carol Reimagined 

In return, we gratefully offer FSS members benefits that include complimentary parking for most performances, access to the historic Franklin Square Salon before performances and during intermission, and a dedicated ticketing hotline for special requests. Click here to review the many benefits of becoming a FSS member.

The Salon’s Historical and Economic Impact

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The Story Behind the Franklin Square Salon

While the main lobby and auditorium of The Hanover Theatre recreate the majestic 1926 Thomas Lamb designs for Poli’s Palace, one architectural link remains to the original 1904 Franklin Square Theatre: the façade and the elegant Franklin Square Salon.

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The Impact of Its Discovery

The discovery of the original 1904 façade and the Salon during the restoration changed the trajectory of the project dramatically. This piece of architectural history entitled the theatre to significant federal tax credits for historic preservation, underwriting the restoration efforts and leading to multiple historic preservation awards. Today, the entire structure stands as a celebration of Worcester’s cultural history and vibrant destination where all are welcome to experience the transformative power of the arts.

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Continuing Our Founders’ Legacy

The Hanover Theatre was made possible by the extraordinary vision of our founders and the generosity of an entire community. Franklin Square Society members continue that legacy of community support today.

Why Join the Franklin Square Society?

  • Show your support for The Hanover Theatre and for the performing arts in Central MA
  • Receive complimentary parking and access to the Franklin Square Salon
  • Early access to new shows and events
  • Special ticketing offers

Member Benefits

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Membership Cards2444
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Free Silent Movie Tickets (Divided between 2 films per year)8888
Guest passes for Myrtle Street Parking & Franklin Square Salon6122030
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Private entrance & event check-inticket icon.ticket icon.ticket icon.ticket icon.
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Employee discount program (Corporate members only)ticket icon.ticket icon.ticket icon.
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Franklin Square Society Team

  • Nel Lazour, Director of Development
  • Veronica Bailey, Development Operations Manager
  • Betty Blute, Stewardship and Membership Officer
  • Karen Cavan, FSS Salon Maître D
  • Maureen Hardy, FSS Salon Maître D
  • Dale Stafford, FSS Salon Maître D

Join or Renew Today 

Become a Franklin Square Society member today to show your support for The Hanover Theatre and your commitment to the performing arts.

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