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This theater’s status should be changed to Closed.
The Olympia (Pilgrim) and Gayety have been demolished and replaced by residential buildings. The RKO Boston (at right, behind the Olympia) is sitting vacant. The Paramount (in far background, at the bend of Washington Street) was rebuilt and reopened by Emerson College.
After at least 35 years of disuse, this theatre will soon be demolished and replaced with a 42-unit condo building. The facade and lobby will remain.
Story at Universal Hub
Also, the Huntington’s scenery, prop, and paint shops will be moving to a warehouse in Everett.
According to today’s Boston Globe, this theatre will be renamed to Huntington Avenue Theatre on July 1, 2017, to reflect the fact that Boston University will no longer own it.
And I believe this theatre now has a bar in one of the lobby levels called MacGuffins, but it’s much smaller and less fancy than the original Back Lot lounge.
If you go back to old comments, you will find discussion of the Back Lot, especially in this comment by Ian Judge (who managed the theatre in its early years):
It was a bar specifically for moviegoers.
That seems like a very wasteful use of a prime space in a luxury hotel building.
I hope that will include somehow adding more legroom to the balcony seats. I’m 5'4" and I don’t comfortably fit into them.
The Colonial Theatre will reopen in January 2018 under the management of London’s Ambassador Theatre Group, according to a Boston Globe article.
Yes, but it burned down in 1986. We’re talking about a (never-executed) plan from more than 30 years ago.
First I’ve heard of the Orson Welles plan to expand into Boston. Do you know anything more about this?
The current occupant of this building is HUB Community Development Corporation: http://thehubcdc.com/
Boch is also a prominent local supporter of Donald Trump, a characteristic generally incompatible with art or culture of any kind.
Why was it cancelled?
It’s been years since the Wang Theatre showed a movie, but they will screen Mel Brooks' “Blazing Saddles” on October 22. Brooks will be on stage “to provide a behind-the-scenes look at his illustrious career and talk about the making of his 1974 western comedy starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder.” The event will include an audience Q&A session.
Mel Brooks is in the saddle again, en route to Citi Wang Theatre (Boston Globe)
Are they planning any special event for that 95th anniversary?
Are they presenting any live shows or movies at this theatre while working on it?
One of the buildings that will be demolished and replaced with new development is the former Symphony Cinema.
Or it may be named after a donor to the theatre’s fundraising campaign. (I had a short conversation about this on the theatre’s Facebook page.)
Boston University sold this along with the nearby BU Theatre (which houses the Huntington Theatre Company). The Huntington will remain, but the former Symphony Cinema building will probably be demolished and replaced with newer development.
In today’s Boston Globe:
Deal gives Huntington control of BU Theatre
The theatre is being sold, but the Huntington Theatre Company will remain there and will refurbish it. I expect they will want to change the theatre’s name.
Where are these photos you are referring to?
What will be built on this site? Is there a news story about it?