Old Howard, The
32 Howard Street,
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Boston’s most famous (some would say notorious) theatre, the Old Howard opened in 1846 and evolved from legitimate theatre to vaudeville to burlesque and finally to striptease.
A movie screen was installed around 1912, to provide entertainment during hours when the performers were not on stage — probably before noon, and between 5 and 8 pm.
City censors closed the Old Howard in November 1953, and it never reopened. The city made plans to tear it down, along with the rest of Scollay Square, to make way for a new Government Center. A committee formed with the aim of saving the Old Howard and turning it into a national theatre museum, but a mysterious fire gutted it on June 20, 1961. It was torn down that same day.
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