Berklee Performance Center

136 Massachusetts Avenue,
Boston, MA 02115

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Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA

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Built as the Fenway Theatre in 1915, this is now a concert hall owned by Berklee College of Music, which extensively renovated it and reopened it in 1976.

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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 30, 2011 at 7:47 pm

The Globe has more detail on this: Berklee breaks ground on 16-story dorm, performance center

Only a single one-story building was demolished to make way for this project. The new building will contain a “400-seat student performance venue”. That’s a lot smaller than the existing Performance Center and I think it serves a different purpose.

dickneeds111
dickneeds111 on March 21, 2012 at 3:32 pm

The Fenway in the early 50’s was mostly a moveover from the Paramount. Same could be said of the Downtyown Loews Orpheum and Lowes State. Sometimes they played day and date.

chorn
chorn on July 17, 2015 at 7:09 am

My name is Cathy and I am the director of the Berklee Performance Center (formerly the Fenway Theatre). The theater is celebrating its 100-year anniversary this year! I’ve been trying to find history on the venue, but there seems to be very little available at the library, historical societies, etc. Do you all have any leads?

Coincidentally, I am also the great, great granddaughter of theater designer/builder EC Horn, who built many theaters around the same time as the Fenway Theatre was built.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on July 17, 2015 at 7:25 am

Have you visited the Boston Athenaeum? They have a collection of materials from old Boston theatres, possibly including yours.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on July 17, 2015 at 10:42 am

Cathy- Try the Theatre Historical Society’s library/archive in Elmhurst IL. www.historictheatres.org. They almost certainly have a file on the Fenway, although I don’t know what’s in it. Also, the Harvard Theatre Collection which is in one of the libraries in the Harvard Yard -they might have a file, too.

chorn
chorn on July 17, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Thank you both! We have tried the Athenaeum and Harvard, but not the Theatre Historical Society. I will reach out to them. Thanks again.

Comfortably Cool
Comfortably Cool on December 4, 2015 at 8:02 am

Later this month, the Fenway will reach its 100th birthday, having opened on Monday night, December 20th, 1915. Congratulations!

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 4, 2015 at 9:28 am

Will they have any special event to observe this anniversary?

chorn
chorn on December 4, 2015 at 9:32 am

We had one event last night – 100 Year of Popular Music. There’s another anniversary event on 12/16 – 100 Year of Musical Theater. Nothing related to the venue’s roots as a movie theater, unfortunately.

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