Boston Opera House

539 Washington Street,
Boston, MA 02111

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Boston Opera House

The B.F. Keith Memorial Theatre was a vaudeville house in Boston’s theatre district. It opened on October 29, 1928 with the film “Oh Kay” starring Colleen Moore. This beautiful house later became part of the RKO theatre chain and the RKO Keith’s switched to a movies only format.

Its name was changed to the Savoy Theatre when it was purchased by Sack Theatres in 1965. In September 1971 the stage was converted into Savoy No. 2. In 1978, the Savoy Theatre was sold by Sack to the Opera Company of Boston, and the theatre became known as the Opera House, for which it was used until 1990.

The theatre was renovated, restored, and reopened in July 2004 by Clear Channel Entertainment, and is now a site for touring Broadway shows and other live entertainment, known as the Boston Opera House.

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on April 12, 2016 at 9:05 pm

I think this will be the first movie shown here since it closed as the Sack Savoy in the late 1970s. Do they still have projection equipment?

Bill L
Bill L on April 12, 2016 at 10:23 pm

Sack would have almost certainly pulled out their equipment when they walked away from the house. I don’t think a movie has been shown there since. They will probably bring in a portable digital projection setup for this show.

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on April 13, 2016 at 4:36 am

A comment yesterday at the Kings Brooklyn page on this site was that the Star Wars films will be DCP (current movie theater digital standard).

Nataloff
Nataloff on June 2, 2016 at 7:07 pm

@David Zornig & other friends: I was in the “Casino Royale” riot and later worked with the Columbia field PR man, John Markle, who set it up. I have a book coming out after Labor Day (2016) called “Screen Saver” about this and other memories of doing publicity in Boston for Sack Theatres and then as a critic and producer in Boston, NY, and LA. The book will be available from Amazon or directly from the publisher Bear Manor Media (www.bearmanormedia.com) but it won’t be listed for a couple of months. You heard it here.

BobSchlapowitz
BobSchlapowitz on August 13, 2016 at 1:04 pm

The Star Wars Trilogy screening was cancelled.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 13, 2016 at 8:50 pm

Why was it cancelled?

DavidZornig
DavidZornig on January 3, 2018 at 7:58 pm

Image added.
Removal of the RKO Keith’s Theater sign in 1965.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 30, 2019 at 10:55 am

This theatre has rented out its “naming rights” recently and is now the “Citizens Bank Opera House” or “Citizens Bank Boston Opera House” (I’ve seen both names.) I realize that naming is a source of serious revenue to these facilities, but it rubs a tradtionalist the wrong way: what’s next ?: Google Opera House, Toyota Opera House, Fox News Opera House, Trump Foundation Opera House, Yamaha Opera House, Jet Blue Opera House ??

martybearass
martybearass on October 7, 2019 at 8:42 am

as long as they don’t call it the Kartrashihoes Opera house!!! :)

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