538 School Street
Hackmatack Playhouse was founded in 1972 by S. Carleton Guptill. He envisioned a summer stock theatre that would showcase the talents of professional and developing thespians from the regional area. Many theatre goers have called Hackmatack one of New England's most charming and quaint summer theatres. Some have even said that summer in Maine is not summer without a trip to Hackmatack. Much of the allure of this playhouse is its scenic location and historical presence. After the theatre's first decade the barn was expanded to the structure that you see today. An addition was added to the back, cement was added to form the floor, and the stage was expanded. These changes made room for the 218 seats the theatre houses today. It is rumored that back in 1972 patrons sat on hay bales to watch the show, however the original playhouse actually had seats that were salvaged from a Durham New Hampshire movie theater.