Firehouse Center for the Arts

photo of Firehouse Center for the Arts
1 Market Square
Newburyport, MA 01950

The historic building that houses the Firehouse Center for the Arts was built as a market house and lyceum by the citizens of Newburyport in 1823. As such, it hosted such distinguished speakers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Daniel Webster and Oliver Wendell Holmes. It then served as the Central Fire Station from the mid 1800s until 1980. The building is now a 195-seat intimate theater on the waterfront of beautiful downtown historical Newburyport. This vibrant cultural center offers national, regional and local live performances at affordable prices. Programming is broad-based, and includes dance, music, theater, an art gallery, and a school show series.


  • Family Friendly
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Parking
  • Restroom


  • Cultural Resources
  • Historic Resources
Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Rail Trail
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