Zeiterion Theatre

684 Purchase St,
New Bedford, MA 02740
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Providence Boston

Located in Downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts, the Zeiterion Theatre is the last “old-time” theatre in a city that once boasted 17. Ground was broken on March 14, 1922 and on April 2, 1923, New Bedford opened its last new theatre in the city's downtown area- The Zeiterion. Built for the “live performance of vaudeville”, it opened with Troubles of 1922 starring and written by George Jessel. The theatre did not meet with immediate success and by September 1923 it had closed briefly and reopened that month as the State, a silent movie house.

Five world premieres were held at the State. One notable premiere was the 1956 opening of “Moby Dick” complete with Gregory Peck in attendance.

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Directions: From Points South: Take Route 140 South to Exit 2E (195 East) to New Bedford. Get off at Exit 15 (Downtown). You are now on Route 18. Work your way into the middle lane. You will drive through one set of lights ( see Standard-Times building on the right) and then drive through second set of lights. Immediately after going through the second set of lights you will turn right onto School Street. As you drive up the street you will see a brick building with a gold Z on it; that is the Zeiterion. At the third intersection, turn right onto Purchase Street. The theatre is on your right. From Boston and Points North: Take the southeast expressway towards Quincy and Braintree. Get on Route 128 North to Route 24 South. This is a tricky turn-off that occurs on the left side of the highway. When you reach Taunton, (Silver City Galleria Mall exit) take Route 140 South, to Exit 2E (195 East). Get off at Exit 15 (Route 18 South). Follow directions above. From Cape Cod: Take Route 195 (New Bedford). Follow until you reach Exit 15 (Downtown) in New Bedford. You are now on Route 18. Work your way into the middle lane. You will drive through one set of lights ( see Standard-Times building on the right) and then drive through second set of lights. Immediately after going through the second set of lights you will turn right onto School Street. As you drive up the street you will see a brick building with a gold Z on it; that is the Zeiterion. At the third intersection, turn right onto Purchase Street. The theatre is on your right. Parking: Parking is free wherever you can find it or in the new parking facility adjacent to the Zeiterion Theatre. Parking eases considerably over the weekends and at night, when many of our shows occur.

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