NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s more than just a vowel; it’s a symbol of a thriving local economy. For more than a year, the letter ‘A’ was missing from Northampton’s historic music and entertainment venue, the Calvin Theater. On Tuesday, the ‘A’ was put back up.
Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz told 22News that the building’s owner, Eric Suher, has been having trouble with large trucks hitting the marquee overhang, damaging the sign. Several years ago, the letter ‘C’ was missing.
Many residents have complained that Eric Suher was taking too long to replace to letter, but now they’re happy it’s back. “It kind of goes along with what the Calvin has always represented,” Jeslyn Carr said. “It continues to bring all of these people into town and it continues to thrive. It didn’t make sense that there was a missing letter in the sign.”
“I haven’t been here in a long time and I just love to come back to Main Street.” David Richards, who grew up in Northampton, told 22News. “The whole downtown and the Calvin Theater has always been a part of it.”
22News called Eric Suher but he has not yet responded. Suher is the owner of Iron Horse Entertainment Group and several vacant downtown Northampton properties.
The Calvin Theater was named after Calvin Coolidge and first opened in 1924.