In 1879 Henry E. Abbey, proprietor of the Park Theatre in New York, opened Boston's Park Theatre. It occupied the building of the former Beethoven Hall, "reconstructed and practically rebuilt;" its 1,184-seat auditorium was "60 feet wide, 63 from the state to the doors, and 50 feet high." It sat on Washington Street at the corner of Boylston Street in today's Chinatown/Theatre district. In the 1890s it presented "farcical comedy." Managers and proprietors included Henry E. Abbey; Jack A. Crabtree;Lotta Crabtree;Charles Frohman, Rich & Harris; Lawrence McCarty; John B. Schoeffel (Abbey & Schoeffel); John Stetson Jr.; and Eugene Tompkins. Louis Baer led the 11-piece orchestra in the 1890s. In the 20th century the building became "Minsky's Park Burlesque," the "Hub," "Trans-Lux," and then "The State" cinema. The building survived until its razing in 1990.
^As of 1980: "The oldest playhouse in Boston still operating as a theater has seen better days. The State, now a Combat Zone flagship for porn films, opened in 1879 as the Park Theater. It was built by famous actress Lotta Crabtree who also had constructed a private tunnel from the theater to the nearby hotel where she lived. Edwin Booth and Richard Mansfield were among the great stars who played the theater as did Jeanne Eagels in her famous role of Sadie Thompson in 'Rain.' The theater did a slow slide into burlesque where Gypsy Rose Lee made her only local strips, and into second runs and down to porn." cf. George McKinnon. "A born-again Wilbur will celebrate success." Boston Globe, 20 Jan 1980
^Henry E. Abbey (1845-1896). "Death of Henry E. Abbey." New York Times, October 18, 1896
^Neil Miller (2010), Banned in Boston: the Watch and Ward Society's Crusade Against Books, Burlesque, and the Social Evil, Boston: Beacon Press, ISBN9780807051122 – via Overdrive(subscription required)