Wollaston Theatre

14 Beale Street,
Quincy, MA 02170

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Wollaston Theatre

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Built in 1927, this single screen theatre operated in recent years as a discount house and as a venue for live performances.

As of 2008, it was for sale, and was sold in 2009, with proposals for possible reopening.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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BobSchlapowitz on January 30, 2012 at 4:03 pm

Apparently the Wolly has been sold and is going to be turned into an Asian Market, because Quincy clearly needs another one of those.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm

Link to the place where you read this news, please?

HowardBHaas on January 30, 2012 at 5:45 pm

The new owner says he has is looking for community input- http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/quincy/2012/01/quincys_wollaston_theater_sold.html

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 31, 2012 at 10:37 am

The Quincy Patriot Ledger of January 31 has a front page story about the sale. The sales price was only $600,000. The buyer is a business man from Weston who runs Asian supermarkets, the C-Mart chain. He’s been trying to open an outlet in North Quincy but has been thwarted by various zoning issues. He says he is not sure what he will do with the theater. The seller, Mrs. Yvonne Chandler, is quoted in the article as remarking that she would “rather forget the whole thing.” The article was written by reporter Jack Encarnacao.

PopcornNRoses on February 1, 2012 at 5:56 am

Here’s a link to the original Patriot Ledger story http://www.patriotledger.com/entertainment/x842391792/Wollaston-Theatre-sold-to-C-Mart-owner

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 1, 2012 at 11:26 am

The Quincy Patriot Ledger yesterday ran one of its reader polls: “Do you think the Wolly will ever reopen as a movie house?” (voting is conducted on-line). The results: 350 responses- Yes- 16%, No- 83%.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 1, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Seems reasonable; most of these places, once they are saved, need live performances to stay in business.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 30, 2013 at 10:33 am

Beside the Wollaston Theatre and school auditoriums, the only other theater in Quincy now is the Masonic Auditorium, located on Hancock St. in Quincy Center and very near the Quincy Center MBTA station. It was ruined by a massive fire today, 9-30-2013.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 27, 2014 at 11:01 am

One day in mid-Sept there was a mini sidewalk fair in Wollaston which utilized the outer lobby of the Wollaton Theatre, the sidewalk in front and the parking spaces along that section of sidewalk. The theme was Where is the Wollaston business district going? There was a city planner there, some local business people and community activists. Old movie posters were on display. Many people who stopped by expressed the wish that the theater could reopen. The theater owner was also there and said that he would like to do something with the building, and that the building now is no longer in good condition.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 1, 2015 at 12:22 pm

There is a feature occasionally in the Quincy Patriot Ledger on the lines of “whatever happened to —” or “Where is it now?” A couple weeks ago the subject was the Wollaston Theatre. There was a brief summary of the theater’s history, and the recent efforts to do something with it. Then, the item ended with the news that a poster for a realty company has been affixed to the theater entrance with the implication that the building may have been put up for sale.

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