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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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 10, 2010 at 6:48 pm

The 1927 Film Daily Yearbook lists the Wollaston Theatre which was then just opening. It says it presents movies 2 days per week. There was a theatrical stock company in residence during the Wollaston’s first years so that would have limited movie presentations. It also says that it has only 400 seats, which is way too low.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 12, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Today’s Quincy Patriot Ledger has a feature article which reports that two entities, a group and an individual, have approached the mayor’s office with an interest in going forward with the Wolly restoration project. There will be a meeting at 630PM on Monday, Feb. 14 at the Thomas Crane Library in Quincy Center to discuss the theater. Restoration cost is estimated at $6M – $7M, which seems rather low for theater projects like this one, but possible, I guess.

BobSchlapowitz
BobSchlapowitz on January 31, 2012 at 12:03 am

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 31, 2012 at 12:20 am

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

HowardBHaas
HowardBHaas on January 31, 2012 at 1:45 am

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 6:37 pm

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
PopcornNRoses on February 1, 2012 at 1:56 pm

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 7:26 pm

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 2, 2012 at 2:36 am

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 6:33 pm

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.

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