Wang Theatre

270 Tremont Street,
Boston, MA 02116

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barry111 on November 3, 2013 at 10:00 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.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 7, 2013 at 4:59 am

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

darrenparlett on August 7, 2013 at 4:45 am

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

dgidez on August 5, 2013 at 5:21 am

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)…

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm

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

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 26, 2013 at 8:06 pm

The Theatre Historical Society archive has the MGM Theatre Report for the (then) Metropolitan Theatre at 268 Washington St., Boston. The theater’s condition was rated “Excellent”. There were 2239 orchestra seats, 1788 balcony seats, and 222 seats in the loges; total: 4,249. There is an exterior photo taken in April 1941. The “Met” had a huge, long marquee which ran almost the entire width of the building,but it was rather narrow,not very high.

slip on May 12, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I’m trying to contact Frank C. Grace, the photographer of the above photo. Please email me at

Thank you
Harry Angus

Tinseltoes on August 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm

The project advances in 1977: Boxoffice

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on May 10, 2012 at 12:53 am

Thank you, dickneeds111.

Click here for an exterior view of the Metropolitan Theatre in 1929.

dickneeds111 on May 10, 2012 at 12:14 am

Brad. Please correct your Click Here. When you click on it it goes to the Loews Metropolitan in Brookly New York.

Tinseltoes on January 21, 2012 at 3:09 pm

Seventy-five years ago today, Paramount’s “Maid of Salem,” a B&W historical drama set in Puritan times, opened its world premiere engagement at the Metropolitan Theatre. Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray starred in the tale of suspected witchcraft. Topping the Metropolitan’s stage show was Cockney/British character actor and comedian Herbert Mundin, supported by Radcliff & Rogers, the Picchiani Troupe, Dale Winthrop, and the resident Dancing Starlettes. On weekdays from morning opening until 1:00pm, the Metropolitan charged 35 cents for all seats.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 8, 2011 at 6:53 pm

I was downtown yesterday and noticed a crew and crane working at the front of the Shubert Theatre directly across from the Wang. Looks like they have torn down the top half of the Shubert’s facade. What’s that all about??? The Shubert will be 102 years old in January and is in very good condition. Unfortunately, it’s dark most of the time due to lack of product.

Frank C. Grace
Frank C. Grace on September 13, 2011 at 1:58 pm

I was allowed to photograph the inside of this magnificent theatre last Friday. I have uploaded the few that I have had time to process here. Wow, what an amazing theatre!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 29, 2011 at 2:33 am

thanks Chuck,Great pictures.

TLSLOEWS on March 28, 2011 at 4:24 am

Great shots of the Wang Theatre.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 7, 2011 at 7:15 pm

In a 1918 Boston street directory, the site of the Wang Th., between the Wilbur Th. and Hollis St., was occupied by the New Richword Hotel.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on January 12, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Grand old theatre .great stories.

ginabiehn on September 27, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Thank you so much. That information is very helpful to me.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 27, 2010 at 6:32 pm

ginabiehn – for movie titles look at the Met’s ads in the entertainment section of Boston newspapers, such as the Globe and Post for the years you want to write about. The papers are on file on microfilm at the Boston Public Library. For many years after it opened, the Met was a first-run movie theater, so the ticket prices were a bit higher than in the neighborhood houses. (example: in 1955, about 75 cents at night, versus 45 or 50 cents in a “nabe”.)The Met attracted a wide mass audience.

ginabiehn on September 27, 2010 at 4:51 am

Thank you all for your very informative discussion about the Metropolitan/Wang theatre in Boston. I am working on a project about the old movie palaces of the 1920’s and 30’s and I chose this theatre to research. Would anybody have any infomation or know of any places where I could research exactly what movies were playing there in that time period? Or about the people who attended? Any links or tips for research would be much appreciated. Thank you

bruceanthony on July 20, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Would like to see photos of the new electronic marquees.I hope it enhanced the theatres because the marquee on the Wang was very boring.brucec

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 21, 2010 at 7:43 pm

The marquee which forms a rain canopy over the sidewalk has been redecorated. As posted above, there is a large electronic marquee above it, perpendicular to the facade. There are similar new electronic marquees next door at the Wilbur Theatre and across the street on the Shubert.

Brad Smith
Brad Smith on April 24, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Click here for a photograph of the Metropolitan [Wang] Theatre taken in 1929 by George Mann of the comedy dance team, Barto & Mann.

spectrum on February 11, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Here’s a corrected link to the photos at the Conrad Schmitt studios. Some great before and after restoration photos!

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 28, 2009 at 7:50 pm

I have heard that there was a screening room in the Met with some 90 seats in it for showing new movies to “the trade”. It was located upstairs somewhere at the front of the house. The space is still there, but the mini-cinema is long gone.