Boston Theater District

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Washington Street Theatre District
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Boston Theater District is located in Massachusetts
Boston Theater District
Location Boston, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°21′14″N 71°3′46″W / 42.35389°N 71.06278°W / 42.35389; -71.06278Coordinates: 42°21′14″N 71°3′46″W / 42.35389°N 71.06278°W / 42.35389; -71.06278
Built 1870
Architect Multiple
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival, Italianate, Other
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP March 19, 1979

The Boston Theater District is the center of Boston's theater scene.[2] Many of its theaters are on Tremont Street and Boylston Street.[3][4][5]

Its shows range from Broadway shows to repertory-company productions.[6] It is small compared to New York City's Theater District, and serves as a staging area for shows on their way to Broadway.[2][4]


Plays were banned in Boston by the Puritans until 1792.[5][7] Boston's first theater opened in 1793.[8][9] In 1900, the Boston Theater District had 31 theaters, with 50,000 seats.[7] In the 1940s, the city had over 50 theaters.[2] Since the 1970s, developers have renovated old theaters.[2]


Suffolk University bought the Modern Theater in 2008. It has since reopened and hosts a variety of performances.[10] For their efforts, Suffolk won a Preservation Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation in 2011.[11]

Emerson College now utilizes the Paramount Theater as "a first-of-its-kind mixed-use residential, academic, and performance venue." [12]

Washington Street Theatre District[edit]

Washington Street Theatre District is a historic district at 511–559 Washington Street in the Theater District.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ a b c d Mara Vorhees (2009). Boston 4. Lonely Planet. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ Patricia Harris, David Lyon (2004). Insiders Guide Off the Beaten Path: Boston: A Guide to Unique Places. Globe Pequot. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Travel Boston – City Guide and Maps. MobileReference. 2007. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b Patricia Harris, Anna Mundow, David Lyon, Lisa Oppenheimer (2003). Compass American Guides: Massachusetts, 1st Edition. Random House. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  6. ^ Jerry Morris (2005). The Boston Globe Guide to Boston. Globe Pequot. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b Greg Letterman, Katherine Letterman (2001). Walking Boston. Globe Pequot. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  8. ^ David Lyon, Patricia Harris (2011). DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Boston. Penguin. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ Tom Bross, Patricia Harris, David Lyon (2007). Boston. Penguin. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  10. ^ Theater District Revival Continues With The Modern
  11. ^ University Wins National Preservation Award
  12. ^ The Paramount Center

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