Wang Theatre

270 Tremont Street,
Boston, MA 02116

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Metropolitan Theatre (now Wang Theatre), Boston, MA – 1929

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The Wang Theatre (formerly the Metropolitan Theatre), along with the Shubert Theatre, the two theatres operated by the non-profit Wang Center for the Performing Arts has been converted into a grandiose performing arts center that, until spring of 2005, delighted movie audiences with ocasional showings of classic films.

A theater whose beauty is really the ‘big’ thing, the Wang Theatre has state-of-the-art sound technology along with beautiful decorations and gold plated figures. It also features a large stage, with the auditorium containing a 1,500 seat balcony, a mezzanine, and 20 box seats along its edge.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 26, 2013 at 12:31 pm

The street address on the MGM Report is 268 Tremont St., not Washington St.

dgidez on August 4, 2013 at 9:21 pm

My Mother has fond memories of seeing “THE TAMING OF THE SHREW” at this theater when it was THE METROPOLITAN. Also from what I’ve been told they had the first 3D movie in the Boston Area at this theater, it was a really big deal (still trying to get the title)…

darrenparlett on August 6, 2013 at 8:45 pm

You people are so lucky having a cinema like this.. Amazing

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 6, 2013 at 8:59 pm

except, it’s not a cinema anymore. No movies are shown here.

barry111 on November 3, 2013 at 2:00 pm

A bit of an aside, but perhaps someone may also have heard that in the 20’s and 30’s, there was a night club in the basement of the Metropolitan called The Platinum Salon. It was owned and run by my grandfather. I’m not sure of the exact dates. I know that many big bands played there and I have some photos of the club which are quite stunning. And one other note, Louis Armstrong stayed at my grandparents' (and father’s) house when he played in Boston as I believe he was unable to rent a hotel room in the so-called liberal North. In any case, my father worked at the counter for many years. There were movies as well as live bands and some theater in the main hall during those years.

Bill L
Bill L on December 31, 2014 at 4:56 pm

I was one of the projectionists for the Wang Classic Film Series. As previously mentioned, one of the most memorable events was “Ben-Hur”, attended by Heston. The 70mm print was made from the 1969 reissue negative. When the film first opened in November 1959 at the Saxon Theater (formerly and currently the Majestic), the original 70mm prints were in “MGM Camera 65”. This process used an anamorphic lens to stretch the normal 2.2:1 image to 2.76:1. The original 6-channel Technicolor prints were said to yield a staggering image in terms of sharpness and scope. The Saxon’s presentation(running well over a year)would have been magnificent. 35mm “Cinemascope” prints were extracted from the original 65mm negative for use in neighborhood theaters with standard equipment. When reissued in 1969, few theaters were set up with the lenses to run this process so MGM optically converted the new 70mm prints to 2.2:1. This resulted in a loss of sharpness and side image information. It was still an impressive presentation.

The Classic Series was very successful when it ran great films, many in 70mm when available, such as “Oklahoma”, “Around The World In 80 Days”, “Spartacus” and “Lawrence Of Arabia”. The series ran on Mondays when the house would have been dark and usually did substantial business. “Lawrence” drew around 2500 the night I ran it.

Eventually others took over booking and the quality took a nosedive with the series eventually being scrapped. I recall running the Indiana Jones trilogy one winter weekend during a raging blizzard. I wondered who would trek in during that storm as I trudged through blinding snow. The house ended up being packed with fans. I also remember the Wang being part of First Night on New Years Eve one year. We ran around 15 or 20 Warner Bros. cartoons repeatedly all evening. The event was free and I think may have been sponsored by

Previously, Sack had installed a pair of Century JJ 70mm projectors for the showing of “Cleopatra”. Other 70mm shows during that era were “Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines” and, much later, “The Stewardesses” in 3D. Sack had wanted to continue using the house for rock concerts but their lease renewal was refused, so the equipment was removed.

You can pretty much forget ever seeing films at the Wang again. A couple of years ago they decided movies weren’t their thing and sold off the current projectors, a pair of Philips Norelco AA-II 35-70 machines that had been donated by Redstone (Showcase). They were earmarked for George Eastman House Museum in Rochester, NY but the sale may have stalled.

Movieholic on February 28, 2015 at 2:41 pm

I’m sorry to read movies won’t be shown anymore because I loved the classic films series, some of them seen for the first time by me on the big screen. “National Lampoon’s Animal House” was a truly enjoyable night out, sadly overshadowed by 9/11 the next day. “Ben Hur” couldn’t have looked or sounded more spectacular, especially in 65 or 70 MM. (I’m not sure which format was utilized for the presentation). “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” “Some Like it Hot,” “Silence of the Lambs,” and “Guys & Dolls” are among the other fine films I had the pleasure of seeing.

BobSchlapowitz on June 21, 2015 at 1:40 pm

Some time around 1993 or so, they screened the Original Star Wars Trilogy at the Wang, and it was absolutely amazing in every way.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 24, 2015 at 10:19 am

Citigroup banking is withdrawing its long-time sponsorship of the Wang Center in November. That will mean the end of the “Citi Wang” and “Citi Shubert” theater names.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 8, 2015 at 10:38 am

Citigroup will end its relationship with the Wang Center in November 2016 not Nov. 2015. Reported in Boston Herald today, Oct. 8.

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