Once upon a time, before the invention of the motion picture, Coughlan’s Livery Feed and Sale Stable existed where Fine Arts Theater now does. The Coughlan family modernized the building multiple times, first converting it to a Ford automobile garage before turning it into the movie theater in 1949. The stable itself still stands today, and forms the part of the building bearing the “Fine Arts” sign. The movie theater had humble beginnings (it used to have just one screen) but grew to attract people from all over Massachusetts – from Maynard, Stow, Acton, and beyond. The theater celebrated its long-awaited grand reopening on December 5, 2014 after undergoing $1.1 million worth of upgrades.
Fun Fact: Fine Arts appears briefly in the movie Labor Day, starring Titanic actress Kate Winslet.
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