PEABODY, MA — ( North Shore Bank recently met with representatives of The Cabot Theater in Beverly to present them with a $25,000 contribution in celebration of The Cabot’s Big Night. The evening, scheduled for Friday, April 28th, will feature Grammy Award winning singer and songwriter Ray LaMontagne and special guest Lucinda Williams. The event will also recognize Jim and Marie Dawson as distinguished leaders of the theater.

The Cabot’s Big Night aims to raise funds for capital improvements to the theater, make the theater fully accessible, complete improvements to the exterior of the building, and support community and educational programs. 

J. Casey Soward, Executive Director of The Cabot said of the event:

The Cabot’s Big Night is a celebration of music, fun and our amazing North Shore community, and we are so thrilled to be able to make it an annual event. Without the unbelievable love and support we receive every year, we wouldn’t be able to bring such incredible arts and entertainment to share with you all, and we could not continue to renovate our facility and bring important programs to the community.” He continued, “We are truly grateful especially to our headliner sponsors for this year's event, North Shore Bank and CM&B. We hope everyone will join us in April alongside our fabulous musical guests to celebrate our beloved theater and community.

Kevin M. Tierney, Sr., Chief Executive Officer of North Shore Bank said:

The Cabot is one of the North Shore’s cultured treasures. We’re happy to invest in its renaissance, and excited to be a part of this annual event, especially in honor of Jim and Marie Dawson. The restoration project will not only bring new life to this beautiful building, but also to downtown Beverly.” He added, “This contribution is part of the Bank’s commitment to supporting the communities we serve, which is one of our core principles as a community bank. 
In 2016, the theater embarked on a multi-year, multi-million-dollar renovation to not only restore parts of the theater to its original 1920s grandeur, but to upgrade and modernize all current systems to better enhance the live experience. This included replacement of all theater seating, opera box restoration, new sound and stage lighting systems, new heating and air conditioning, and most recently, the completion of the lobby renovation and restoration of the original rose window. 

About The Cabot
Opened on December 8, 1920, as a dream palace for vaudeville and silent movies, the theater was hailed as “the most impressive auditorium of its size east of New York.” Known then as The Ware Theater, it shared a distinguished architectural pedigree, designed by the architects of Boston’s Athenaeum and Olympia Theater and Dorchester’s Strand Theater. For more information on the theater, and The Cabot’s Big Night, visit