Wolf's Theatre

390 Merrimack Street,
Lowell, MA 01852

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In 1900 a theatre opened at 390 Merrimack Street, across the street from the City Hall and the Library in the vicinity where Dummer Street is now.

It was initially called the Gaity Theatre. It became the Boston Theatre in 1902, the Star Theatre in 1911, the Premier Theatre in 1913 and finally Wolf’s Theatre for its last year in 1915. No part of the structure exists today.

Contributed by James Roy

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Roger Katz
Roger Katz on April 5, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Was this also known as the Bijou for a while?

jimroy on April 5, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I can’t honestly say. I found nothing in the city directories that listed a Bijou Theater in Lowell.

Joe Vogel
Joe Vogel on June 28, 2018 at 1:39 pm

The aka Star Theatre needs to be added to the “Previous Names” field.

Both the January 24, 1900, and the October 8, 1900 issues of The Lowell Sun carried notices of the opening of the new Gaiety (not Gaity) Theatre. I don’t know if the theater moved to a new location in October or perhaps just reopened at the same location under new management.

The April 13, 1901 issue of the Sun said that the Boston Theatre, formerly the Gaiety, would open on April 18. The Star Theatre, on Merrimack Street opposite City Hall, was being mentioned in The Lowell Sun by April, 1908. The new Premier Theatre, opposite City Hall, was mentioned in the October 10, 1912, Sun. The Tuesday, February 9, 1915 Sun> said that Wolf’s Theatre, which had been “entirely remodeled,” would open Wednesday evening.

Lowell did have a house called the Bijou Theatre, opened in 1892 and, according to a January 2, 1974, article in The Lowell Sun, it was located “…at Cardinal O'Connell Parkway….” That street, only two blocks long, intersects Merrimack at the end of the 300 block, just where the Gaiety would have been, so we should consider the possibility that the new Gaiety of 1900 was indeed just a new name for the old Bijou. However, I have not found any references to confirm this surmise.

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