Tremont Theatre, Boston

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Tremont Theatre (at right), Tremont Street, Boston, ca.1843 (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

The Tremont Theatre (1827–1843) on 88 Tremont Street was a playhouse in Boston. A group of wealthy Boston residents financed the building's construction. Architect Isaiah Rogers designed the original Theatre structure in 1827 in the Greek Revival style. The playhouse opened on 24 September 1827.[1]


In the early part of the 19th Century, Boston was still a small town, not yet the bustling metropolis it is today. The town already had one playhouse, the Federal Street Theatre, and the city's small population made supporting a second theatre difficult.[2] The owners tried to bring in patrons by booking big-name performers. These included Junius Brutus Booth, Charlotte Cushman, George Washington Dixon, Fanny Elssler, Edwin Forrest, John Gilbert, Charles and Fanny Kemble, and Thomas D. Rice. Nevertheless, the Tremont never turned a profit during its 16-year life.[2]

Around 1829 Tom Comer served as musical director.[3]

On 28 December 1843, the Free Church Baptists bought the theatre and renamed it the Tremont Temple. Although the building was largely used for religious events after this, it still served as the venue for public events on occasion.

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  1. ^ Bowen's picture of Boston. 1838
  2. ^ a b Banham 1122.
  3. ^ Tom Comer (1790–1862); cf. Daily Picayune (New Orleans); Date: 08-14-1862