National Theatre, Boston (1911)

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The National Theatre (1911-1978) of Boston, Massachusetts, was a 3,500-seat multipurpose auditorium on Tremont Street in the South End.[1] It functioned as a cinema, lecture hall, and stage. Performers included Jehovah's Witness founder Joseph F. Rutherford[2] and "big-name entertainers like Duke Ellington and Ray Bolger."[3] Movie screenings included The Battle of Gettysburg in 1913.[4] The English High School held graduation exercises in the National.[5] Around 1919 it was known as the "Waldorf Theater."[6] The space operated "intermittently after World War II for plays and movies."[7] Among the audience members: clothing designer Joseph Abboud.[8] The National closed in 1978. The Boston Center for the Arts oversaw the property thereafter, when it was subject to numerous plans for redevelopment.[9][10][11][12] The building existed until 1997, when it was demolished.[13][14]

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  1. ^ Boston Register and Business Directory. 1921. "National Theatre, no.535 Tremont St." 
  2. ^ Boston Globe, Dec 17, 1920 
  3. ^ Maureen Dezell (June 16, 1995). "National: bringing the house down?". Boston Globe. p. 61. 
  4. ^ Moving Picture World, July 5, 1913 
  5. ^ Boston Daily Globe, June 28, 1918 
  6. ^ Anthony Mitchell Sammarco (2006), Boston's South End, Arcadia Publishing, ISBN 9780738539492 
  7. ^ Maureen Dezell (October 28, 1994), "City to study theater revamp at BCA", Boston Globe: 50 
  8. ^ Rhonda Stewart (November 25, 2004), "Abboud had early designs on his career", Boston Globe 
  9. ^ Christine Temin (October 4, 1981), "BCA still building, still struggling", Boston Globe 
  10. ^ "Striar aims to reopen National by '87", Boston Globe, April 3, 1986: 74 
  11. ^ Jeff McLaughlin (September 26, 1986), "Arts Center to renovate historic theater", Boston Globe: 47 
  12. ^ Boston Center for the Arts (1991), Preliminary report on site development opportunities 
  13. ^ Boston Globe, August 8, 1996 
  14. ^ Patti Hartigan (February 27, 1998), "Druker Co. will develop BCA site", Boston Globe 

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