Wollaston Theatre

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Wollaston Theatre
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Wollaston Theatre is located in Massachusetts
Wollaston Theatre
Wollaston Theatre is located in the US
Wollaston Theatre
Location 14 Beale St., Quincy, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°16′03″N 71°1′0″W / 42.26750°N 71.01667°W / 42.26750; -71.01667Coordinates: 42°16′03″N 71°1′0″W / 42.26750°N 71.01667°W / 42.26750; -71.01667
Built 1926
Architect E.H. McEwan
Architectural style Classical Revival
Demolished 2016
MPS Quincy MRA
NRHP Reference # 89001315 [1]
Added to NRHP September 20, 1989

The Wollaston Theatre was a historic theater at 14 Beale Street in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Demolition of the theatre began in June, 2016, and was completed over the next few months.

It was built in 1926 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. In recent decades, the "Wolly" was a second-run discount movie house run by Arthur and Yvonne Chandler.

The theater was closed in 2003. After many plans to purchase and renovate it,[2] following Arthur Chandler's death, the theater was finally sold to Miao Kun “Michael” Fang of Weston, MA.[3] Michael Fang is the owner of the C-Mart supermarket chain.

The Wollaston Theatre was the venue for the last performance of the Plasmatics and Wendy O. Williams on their final tour in 1988.

According to The Patriot Ledger, the current owner demolished the theatre in 2016.

Currently, there is a group of Quincy, Massachusetts residents, led by Jeffrey Martinous, who are campaigning the current owner, city officials and historical preservation societies to work together to save the theatre from demolition, and preserve it for future generations.

There was a petition on Change.org to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, to step in and prevent its demolition.

There was also a Facebook page started by the group to create public awareness and gather public support to save the theatre [3].

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Jack Encarnacao, Encore possible for Quincy’s Wollaston Theatre, The Patriot Ledger, Feb. 14, 2011, [1]
  3. ^ Jack Encarnacao, Wollaston Theatre's future still uncertain after it's sold for $600,000, The Patriot Ledger, Jan. 31, 2012, [2]

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