Built as a state-of-the-art facility for entertainment in 1948, the Lynn Memorial Auditorium has hosted a long list of recognizable stars. Among the venue’s visiting acts have been Frank Sinatra Jr., Jay Leno, Roy Orbison, The Beach Boys, Kenny Rogers, Pat Benatar, The Drifters, Fats Domino, the New Kids on the Block, The Coasters, Victor Borge, and the Boston Ballet. However, in the late 1970’s the Auditorium began to decline and was used only sporadically for small local events. Then in 2002 a total refurbishment and renovation started under the leadership of Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy and James Marsh. Since this overhaul, the venue has once again climbed to the top as the premier entertainment destination on the North Shore, despite also being the oldest.
The restoration was kicked off with a ribbon cutting performance featuring the Boston Pops and Keith Lockhart in 2006. That event was followed up with appearances of Foreigner, Kansas, Melissa Etheridge, Peter Paul and Mary, Julio Iglesias, Air Supply, Toto, Chicago, and many others. In fact, the Auditorium has also hosted non-musician performers, like comic Howie Mandel for example. And it is still used for private events and local dance recitals and concerts. If you are a prospective homebuyer considering buying a home in Lynn, rest assured you will find abundant opportunities for entertainment at the Lynn Memorial Auditorium, as well as the city’s other exciting destinations including Lynn Woods, High Rock Observatory, and Manning Field.