Palmers in Works for Warwick Place Along With Theater

Does the combination of a high-end restaurant and movie theater sound good to you?

Word is, Palmers is coming back to the North Shore and will take up residence at Warwick Place.

We'll have more details soon, but what we do know is that the Andover restaurant run by Swampscott native John Palmer Ingalls is branching out and opening a second location in the first floor of the new 38,000-square-foot commercial building.

And next to the restaurant, Ingalls is planning to operate a new movie theater as well. The theater will have 108 seats, according to plans filed with the town.

This past summer, in light of the news that a theater was definitely in the plans for the development, we asked readers if they thought Marblehead needed a cinema to replace the old Warwick, which closed in 1999. The response was mixed.

Many readers enthusiastically said "yes," some thought it would become a North Shore destination, but several others said the demise of the Warwick Theater was telling for the future prospects of any new cinema.

So with definite plans now for a theater next to Palmers, what do you think? Does the combination sound good to you? Should the theater just play the latest films, tap into indies, foreign films, what would work best?

Nick Broughton January 15, 2013 at 06:53 PM
Love that there is finally a movie theater coming back! I remember seeing a re-run of the Wizard of Oz there as a kid in the 90's with my mom.
Eric Winick January 15, 2013 at 08:36 PM
I like the idea of a movie theater teamed with a restaurant, but I'm not sure having a high-end place attached serves anyone. Some place that is a bit more population-friendly. like a cafe or gastropub, would be a better pairing, as it were. Time will tell. As for repertory, I'd love to see the Warwick feature a shmorgasboard of offerings, both new and classic fare, akin to the Cabot St, albeit with better acoustics.
Norma Ross January 15, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Our family is excited to see the return of the movie theater and we are hoping the folk that run it will think out of the box and use alternative methods to make it a success. They will have our support! Play to the clientele, for example I know for a fact that my teenagers would attended as much as possible should they run a bunch of the old classic "scary" movies around Halloween time!
Kathleen Gannon January 15, 2013 at 11:30 PM
Love the idea of the combination. I've been to Palmer's in Andover many times and it's a great place.What about playing old award winning movies" Oscars? Golden Globes? Sundance Festival?
MHD1993 January 16, 2013 at 05:28 PM
Will Palmers just be handed a liquor license? I thought there weren't any left in town given the lengthy process Casa Corona just had to go though to simply get a BYOB. What happens to Sweeny's license?


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