Since its reopening last summer, the theater has booked Sinatra and Beatles tribute bands, comedians, and an illusionist, and has screened classic films. The revamped space hosted its first live musical production, “Next to Normal,” last weekend, and more are being planned, McLaughlin said.
“It started out as a movie theater, but now it’s more of a performing arts center,” said McLaughlin, adding she is often stopped by local residents wanting to share their reminiscences of the old theater.
“I hear a lot of ‘first kiss’ stories,” she said.
The revamped theater has a concession stand with an array of snacks and popcorn, and — a popular new feature — beer and wine are available during most events . It sometimes hosts corporate functions during the week, and has begun partnering with other nonprofit organizations to hold fund-raisers.
For Valentine’s Day, it will be showing “Casablanca,” the classic 1942 romantic film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, with screenings Feb. 13, 14, and 15.
On March 2, “A Celtic Crossing 2013” will feature singer Pauline Wells and Boston Irish music band Devri, joined by special guest fiddler Patsy Whelan, in a fund-raiser to benefit the Cops for Kids with Cancer charity.
To learn more about the theater and its events, visit www.norwoodstage.com.
Jim Morrison can be reached at jamesandrewmorrison@ gmail.com.