Boston Opera House

539 Washington Street,
Boston, MA 02111

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

Its name was later changed to the Savoy Theatre and was purchased by Sack Theatres. In 1978, the Savoy Theatre was sold by Sack to the Opera Company of Boston, and the theater became known as the Opera House, for which it was used until 1990.

The theater 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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DavidZornig on April 13, 2015 at 12:17 am

1967 newspaper image and copy added courtesy of Tim O'Neill.

Movie theatre riot in Boston; May, 1967. Here’s what happened: A Columbia Pictures publicist came up with an idea…..If anyone showed up at the Savoy Theatre at 2:00 a.m. for the premiere of the James Bond spoof, CASINO ROYALE, wearing a trench coat, that person gets in for free. Well; apparently there was a pre-exam reading period going on at Boston colleges so; therefore, thousands of college students had some free time on their hands so 15,000 students wearing trench coats showed up and, of course, most of them couldn’t get into the theatre so a riot broke out.

DavidZornig on November 27, 2015 at 4:41 pm

1973 photo of the Tremont side of the Savoy added, photo credit Carl Bertolino.

BobSchlapowitz on April 13, 2016 at 12:02 am

In August they are screening the Star Wars Trilogy at the Boston Opera House!

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on April 13, 2016 at 12:05 am

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 13, 2016 at 1:23 am

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 on April 13, 2016 at 7:36 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 on June 2, 2016 at 10:07 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 ( but it won’t be listed for a couple of months. You heard it here.

BobSchlapowitz on August 13, 2016 at 4:04 pm

The Star Wars Trilogy screening was cancelled.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 13, 2016 at 11:50 pm

Why was it cancelled?

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