Collins Center

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The Collins Center was built in 1983 as an auditorium for Andover High School and a center for the performing arts. It was named for John Everett Collins known as Andover's Music Man. Andover paid $4.5 million for the 1,250 seat auditorium. The dedication ceremonies featured the Boston Pops with Assistant Conductor Harry Ellis Dickson. Glenn Gulezian managed the Center for seven seasons. The Andover Endowment for the Arts, a non-profit corporation, was set up to oversee the Center.

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1980s

  • "Dedication of the J. Everett Collins Performing Arts Center, September 25, 1983," Andover Townsman, September 29, 1983, p. 43-46.
  • "Tribute brings tears to musician's eyes," Eagle Tribune, September 26, 1983, p. 1.
  • "Collins Center dynamic duo," Boston Globe, January 23, 1985, p. 54.
  • Lawrence Eagle Tribune, August 6, 7, 8, 1989, Three part series.
  • Lawrence Eagle Tribune, August 17, 1989.

1990-1994

  • "Collins Center to fight $100,000 debt," Eagle Tribune, July 6, 1990, p. 1.
  • "Debt may cancel Collins season: Endowment for the Arts short $225,000," Eagle Tribune, January 26, 1991, p. 1.
  • "Collins has new leader: Granddaughter of namesake at helm," Eagle Tribune, January 27, 1991, p. B1.
  • "Collins Center trouble: Just one employee remains," Andover Townsman, January 31, 1991.
  • "Andover arts endowment may split up with Collins," Eagle Tribune, February 13, 1991, p. 9.
  • "For Collins Center patrons: No refunds on tickets," Andover Townsman, February 14, 1991, p. 10.
  • "Endowment for the Arts nears end," Eagle Tribune, July 19, 1991, p. 2.
  • "School board studies Collins Center use," Andover Townsman, October 31, 1991.
  • "What next, Collins Center?," Eagle Tribune, November 11, 1991, p. 15
  • "Want to run the Collins Center?," Andover Townsman, July 23, 1992, p. 1.
  • "Looking at Collins Center plans," Andover Townsman, September 17, 1992, p. 6.
  • "Collins search continues," Eagle Tribune, September 24, 1992, p. 15.
  • "Big step in finding firm to run Collins Center," Andover Townsman, November 19, 1992.
  • "Promoter shocked at Collins Center idea," Eagle Tribune, December 17, 1992.
  • "Opera group vies for Collins Center," Eagle Tribune, December 30, 1992, p. 9.
  • "Committee hires NH firm to manage Collins Center," Andover Townsman, January 21, 1993, p. 31.
  • "Legal snag may stop shows planned for Collins Center," Andover Townsman, January 28, 1993, p. 6.
  • "Is Andover ready for live theater?," Eagle Tribune, January 29, 1993, p. 8.
  • "Promoters agree to rebid for Collins shows," Eagle Tribune, March 3, 1993, p. 11.
  • "Andover show-stopper for the Collins Center," Andover Townsman, March 4, 1993, p. 72?.
  • "Collins Center deal off -- again," Eagle Tribune, April 6, 1993, p. 1.
  • "Collins Center deal fails; firm says it will sue," Andover Townsman, April 8, 1993, p. 4.
  • "Collins Center lies idle on 10th anniversary," Andover Townsman, September 30, 1993, p. 1.
  • "New plan will revitalize Andover's Collins Center," Eagle Tribune, June 22, 1994, p. 11.

1995-1999

  • "School board agrees to seek consultant on Collins Center," Andover Townsman, January 12, 1995.
  • "Consultant Ellen Spear takes aim at Collins Center," Andover Townsman, January 26, 1995, p. 6.
  • "Key to future of Collins Center? Local culture, consultant says," Eagle Tribune, March 17, 1995.
  • "Plan for Collins Center includes art academy," Andover Townsman, August 17, 1995, p. 6.
  • "Making hall come alive once more," Eagle Tribune, August 17, 1995, p. 13.
  • "Rebirth of Collins Center is delayed," Andover Townsman, October 12, 1995, p. 27.
  • "Some want spring musical at Collins Center," Andover Townsman, December 5, 1996, p. 39.
  • "Once a jewel, Collins Center is now just a storage shed," Eagle Tribune, June 1, 1997, p. B1.
  • "Many Sacrifices Made Since Collins Center Closing," Eagle Tribune, June 1, 1997, p.B5.
  • "Help for Collins Center: Choreographer leads effort to revive beleaguered theater," Eagle Tribune, July 20, 1997, p. C1.
  • "Performing arts program in disarray: Re-opening of Collins Center remains uncertain," Eagle Tribune, August 11, 1997, p. 13.
  • "Collins Center's darkened stage: Politicians, residents plan for reopening for performances," Eagle Tribune, August 26, 1997, p. 11.
  • "Collins to open for spring musical," Eagle Tribune, October 27, 1997, p. 1.
  • "Collins Center comeback in the works," Andover Townsman, October 30, 1997.
  • "A new vision for Collins Center," Andover Townsman, November 26, 1997, p. 26.
  • "A Collins Center vision: Some want more than just a high school auditorium; others don't," Andover Townsman, December 11, 1997, p. 33.
  • "Officials: Keep Collins Center primarily for schools," Andover Townsman, December 24, 1997, p. 29.
  • "Delicate balance sought for Collins Center revival," Andover Townsman, January 22, 1998, p. 29.
  • "Collins Center open by May?," Andover Townsman, February 5, 1998, p. 29.


2000s

  • "Will these seats ever see frequent use again?," Andover Townsman, May 18, 2000, p. 21.
  • "Collins Center to come alive as AHS students get involved with bookings," Andover Townsman, April 12, 2001.
  • "AHS students are taking care of business," Andover Townsman, April 18, 2002, p. 33.
  • "Collins Center looks to relive glory days," Eagle Tribune, November 29, 2006, p. 1.


--Glenda 12:55, December 1, 2006 (EST)
--Leslie 20:35, August 1, 2012 (EDT)
--Kim 13:55, September 27, 2013 (EDT)

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