The Wilbur, 2009
|Address||244–250 Tremont Street
|Capacity||1,093, (1,200 General Admission)|
|Current use||Comedy and music venue|
|Architect||Blackall, Clarence H.; Haynes Construction Co.|
|Architectural style||Colonial Revival|
|MPS||Boston Theatre MRA|
|NRHP reference #||80000443|
|Added to NRHP||December 9, 1980|
The Wilbur Theatre is an historic performing arts theater at 244–250 Tremont Street in Boston, Massachusetts. The Wilbur Theatre was originally opened in 1914, but was revitalized in 2008. The Wilbur Theatre dwells in the heart of Boston's historic theater district and is known for hosting live comedy and music.
The venue seats 1,093, but the main floor (orchestra level) has removable tables and seating, to create a general admission standing room (bringing capacity to 1,200). It features basic concessions, including a full bar, on all three floors (Orchestra, Mezzanine, Balcony).
Clarence Blackall built the theater in 1913, and it was opened the following year. The Wilbur was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and designated as a Boston Landmark by the Boston Landmarks Commission in 1987.
In 2007 the theater was put on the market. Bill Blumenreich, a former owner of the Comedy Connection in Quincy Market, leased the building in 2008. The theater continues to regularly host comedic and musical acts, as well as other events.
The following specials were filmed at the Wilbur Theatre:
|Comic||Special title||Network||Release date|
|Norm Macdonald||Hitler's Dog, Gossip, and Trickery||Netflix||9 May 2017|
|Dana Carvey||Straight White Male, 60||Netflix||4 November 2016|
|Tig Notaro||Boyish Girl Interrupted||HBO||22 August 2015|
|Jim Jefferies||BARE||Netflix||29 August 2014|
|Jim Gaffigan||Obsessed||Comedy Central||27 April 2014|
|Tom Green||Tom Green Live||Showtime||2012|
|Gary Gulman||In This Economy?||Comedy Central||1 September 2012|
|Kathy Griffin||Gurrl Down||Bravo!||22 June 2011|
|Bruce Bruce||Losin' It||Showtime||26 February 2011|
|David Cross||Bigger & Blackerer||25 May 2010|
|Craig Ferguson||A Wee Bit o' Revolution||Comedy Central||22 March 2009|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Wilbur Theatre.|
- National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Bound for Boston: SFX subsidiary gains legit house American Artists
- The Wilbur Theatre is up for Sale
- Palmer Jr, Thomas C. (August 16, 2007). "Next act awaits the Wilbur Theatre". The Boston Globe.
- Palmer Jr, Thomas C. (March 12, 2008). "Comedy club owner to lease the Wilbur". The Boston Globe.
- Kandarian, Paul E. (May 18, 2014). "At the helm of the Wilbur Theatre". The Boston Globe. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
- "The Wilbur – Boston". thewilbur.com. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
- Norm Macdonald: Hitler's Dog, Gossip & Trickery (2017), retrieved 2017-07-23
- "Netflix Announces Premiere Dates for New Line-Up Of Original Stand-up Comedy Specials". Netflix Media Center. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
- Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted (2015), retrieved 2017-07-23
- Jim Jefferies: BARE (2014), retrieved 2017-07-23
- Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed (2014), retrieved 2017-07-23
- Tom Green: Tom Green Live (2012), retrieved 2017-07-23
- Gary Gulman: In This Economy? (2012), retrieved 2017-07-23
- Kathy Griffin: Gurrl Down (2011), retrieved 2017-07-23
- Bruce Bruce: Losin' It (2011), retrieved 2017-07-23
- David Cross: Bigger & Blackerer (Video 2010), retrieved 2017-07-23
- Craig Ferguson: A Wee Bit o' Revolution (2009), retrieved 2017-07-23
- Yearbook of the Boston Architectural Club, 1915. Includes illus. of Wilbur Theatre
- George McKinnon. "A born-again Wilbur will celebrate success." Boston Globe, 20 Jan 1980
- Anthony J. Yudis. "Theatre plaza to spotlight the district." Boston Globe, 09 Oct 1983
- Library of Congress. Drawing of Ye Wilbur Theatre, Tremont St. and Hollis St., Boston, Massachusetts, 1927.
- Boston Athenæum Theater History. Wilbur Theatre (1914–), 250–252 Tremont Street
- New York Public Library:
- Bostonian Society:
- City of Boston, Landmarks Commission. Wilbur Theatre Study Report, 1983