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The Strand seated 1,725.
The Jefferson seated 1,300.
Architects: McElfatrick, J. B. & Sons
At one time known as B. F. Keith’s. Opened in 1906.
According to the American Film Review of 1936 the Paramount seated 1,995. It opened in 1930.
Strand was built in 1925. At one time was known as the Criterion. (Ref: THS’s Marquee, 1980, v. 1)
According to THS’s Marquee issue of 1980 (v. 1), the Virginia was built in 1915.
According to Craig Morrison’s book “Theaters”, this was originally built in 1913, Magaziner & Potter architects. Originally the New Nixon Theatre. 2,227 seats, but (according to Marquee, 1980, v. 1), reduced to 1,400 upon conversion to movies in 1926. Had burlesque in 30’s.
According to THS’s Marquee of first quarter 1980,. the Bijou was demolished in 1924.
According to THS’s Marquee edition of 1980, the Capitol opened in 1919.
Seating capacity of the Colonial was 1,256. Probably built in the early 1920s. I remember visiting in mid 80s. The organ grilles and proscenium were covered in modern drapery but the original balcony sidewalls showed, with modestly ornate columns and panels with dark green damask fabric. Building looked like it was built in the early 1920s.
The Star seated 1,073.
According to their web page (link above) the theatre opened in 1929. The style is fairly exotic – More Moorish than Renaissance revival. Loge has table seating but balcony still has theatre seats.
Sorry for the second post – No seating capacity listed but from their webpage photos, it looks like at least 800.
According to their webpage’s history section (link above), the new Grand opened in 1937, and was indeed a replacement for the one destroyed while under construction (the final result was somewhat bigger). Style is a simple, but pleasant and colorful art deco.
Correction to my comment above: seats not all on one level. Stadium seating at back.
Some good photos both interior and exterior at their official web page. Very rustic – outside is like a large fancy barn, with exposed timbers and stucco walls – large single level of seats. But what we can see of the proscenium looks almost art-moderne – very interesting combination. Looks like a great place to see a show!
Status should be changed to Open. Reopened in October 2006!
Their webpage (link above) has a great photo gallery with historic and current photos throughout the interior.
Events calendar shows an interesting and wide-range of events. Comedy nights, broadway touring productions, fund raisers, high school reunions, quitye a few private events. It’s turned into quite a community resource!
According to the 1936 Americal Film review annual, the Plaza had 1,950 seats.
In the 1936 American Film Review annual, the New Center is listed as having 1,400 seats and it was closed at that time.
The American Film review annual for 1936 lists an Ashland theatre at 24th Street & Elmwood, seating 2,000. Wonder how that fits in with the two buildings listed above?
According to the American Film Review for 1936, the Regent had 1,600 seats
According to the Annual Film Review of 1936, the Strand had 1,000 seats.
According to the Annual Film Review of 1936, the Park Theatre had 1,600 seats.
Was in the “ladder district” today to see “Wicked the Musical” at the Opera House (see my report on the Opera House on its page). The Bijou next door looks like progress is being made – most of the back portion where the Bijou auditorium stood is demolished – the front part of the building has interior demolition well underway and the front facade has already been restored. The site of B. F. Keith’s New theatre is partly taken up by the Opera House stage house, and the rest is construction area – eventually the addition to the Paramount/Bijou will be there.
Next door at the Paramount, they they have definitely started renovations – can see evidence of it behind the plywood covering the front. In the back there was a hole about ten feet square knocked out of the backstage wall. If the sun wasn’t shining toward me, I might have been able to see something inside, but no such luck. Saw a vague shape but couldn’t tell if it was the decorative column of the auditorium. Hope it is – the newspaper articles are contradictory about esactly how much of the auditorium interior will be saved.
Interestingly the Playbill reported that Suffolk University had submitted a bid for the Modern Theatre (just on the north side of the opera House) with an eye to renovation with a possible performing arts or theatre space on the first floor and dormitory space on the others. Bid deadline was August 30, 2007, hopefully the Boston RDA will announce a winner soon.
Playbill also mentioned the Wilbur Theatre down next to the Wang/Metropolitan has been placed on the market by Tremont Entertainment Enterprises. City officials will allow the new owners to use the building for entertainment, restaurant, office or residential use. Since it is landmarked, they cannot demolish it or make significant alterations.