URGENT: Boston’s Gaiety Theatre In Critical Danger

posted by Ron Newman on December 16, 2004 at 6:13 am

BOSTON, MA — Depending on the outcome of some litigation today, Boston’s historic Gaiety Theatre could face demolition as early as tomorrow.

Read these links from the Boston Phoenix for the latest info!

The Gaiety outrage
Is Friday demolition day?

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Comments (35)

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 16, 2004 at 6:58 am

This theatre is listed on Cinema Treasures as Publix Theatre, since that is the name it had when it changed over from live shows to movies. At times, it was spelled “Gayety” instead of “Gaiety”.

claydoh77 on December 16, 2004 at 7:40 am

Truly sad for the Gaiety. Visiting Boston this past March I noticed it by accident while in Chinatown. I visited this site later to find out more about this hidden treasure & since then I have followed the news updates and information here. The only hints to a theatre inside this grand old building are the fading carved out words on the exterior. From the pictures I have seen, the inside is still beautiful, capable of being restored and has excellent acoustics. I hope that something can be done to save this historic gem.

focus on December 16, 2004 at 2:29 pm


I would contact LHAT ASAP; I have enclosed their contact information. They are well know for their work on rescue and restoration work.

If you have further questions, comments, or inquires feel free to contact us at the mailing address, phone, or fax number below:

League of Historic American Theatres
616 Water Street, Suite 320
Baltimore, MD 21202 USA

tel: (410) 659-9533
toll-free: (877) 627-0833
fax: (410) 837-9664

br91975 on December 17, 2004 at 6:56 am

According to today’s Boston Globe, the demolition of the Gaiety is on hold until at least next week, at which point presiding Judge Keith C. Long is to determine the legitimacy of the claim made by the owner of the Glass Slipper strip club his business would be harmed by the clearing of the Gaiety property.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 21, 2004 at 7:25 pm

Lee Eiseman of the Gaiety Friends sent a message to his mailing list today, saying that Judge Long denied the Glass Slipper’s request for a temporary restraining order against demolition of The Gaiety Theatre. The Glass Slipper will immediately appeal tomorrow to the Massachusetts Court of Appeals. Kensington promised Judge Long that they will not begin demolition before 5 pm tomorrow (Wednesday, December 22).

sdoerr on December 23, 2004 at 2:11 am

Ron any updates?

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 23, 2004 at 3:57 am

It’s not looking good. From today’s Boston Globe:

Court denies appeal of Gaiety demolition

The Massachusetts Appeals Court rejected the Glass Slipper strip club’s request to stop demolition of the defunct Gaiety Theatre. The Gaiety’s owner, Kensington Investment Co., wants to construct an apartment building near the corner of Washington and LaGrange streets, land partly occupied by the Gaiety and the Glass Slipper. The Glass Slipper had asked the Massachusetts Land Court for an injunction that would spare the Gaiety. That request was denied Tuesday and the Glass Slipper appealed. Yesterday, the Appeals Court upheld the Land Court’s decision. The Glass Slipper’s lawyer said his client was reviewing his options. A Kensington spokeswoman said the developer was pleased with the result. She declined to elaborate on an earlier statement that the Gaiety’s demolition “will shortly proceed.” In Land Court, a lawsuit continues in which the Glass Slipper alleges that Kensington was wrongly granted special zoning for its housing development.

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