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. Sadly, this was not to be and the building was demolished in June 2016.

Contributed by Gerald A. DeLuca

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on May 1, 2015 at 3:22 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.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 18, 2015 at 2:00 pm

The owner of the Wollaston Theatre has expressed his intent to demolish it, starting this fall. I don’t know if the demolition would include the entire building or only the auditorium and stagehouse in back. (The front building which includes the lobby entrance has 4 occupied retail shops.) He claims that the building is now unsafe. He has not actually applied for a demolition permit. The city building inspector states that he is aware of some issues there, but that it is not in danger of imminent collapse. The owner also currently has no plans for re-use of the space. There are no individuals or groups interested in preserving the theater. All of these facts are from a front-page article in the Quincy Patriot-Ledger print edition, Thurs. Sept 17, 2015.

FrankLaPrise on September 19, 2015 at 7:14 pm

I’m new to Cinema Treasures. I’m hoping to find info. or pictures of Codman Square Theatre (Dorchester, MA closed late 50’s. How do I go about doing that?? FrankLaPrise

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 23, 2015 at 1:36 pm

A small group has formed with the intent to preserve the Wollaston as a PAC. Problem is that it makes a poor PAC, with its shallow stage and its long auditorium. When it first opened in the late-1920s it was a live playhouse featuring the Al Lutringer Stock Company presenting a repetoire of plays onstage. I knew someone who was a season ticketholder, now long deceased, who told me that if you sat in the rear half of the auditorium you couldn’t hear or see anything.

Archie1959 on October 7, 2015 at 12:53 pm

On October 6th a rally was held in an attempt to save the Wollaston Theatre. I went for informational purposes only. Where there biggest problems are is the length of time it has been closed (2003) and if you hold a rally you need electronic media coverage to have on their late news. Social media and the local papers can only go so far.

spectrum on November 27, 2015 at 11:39 pm

From the google street view, the auditorium does not look long and thin it actually looks reasonably wide (It looks like a single level of seating), but the stage is definitely shallow.

When one enters they go through a vey long lobby before turning right into the auditorium. The auditorium actually faces against the next street over hence the long lobby.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 6, 2016 at 12:53 pm

Demolition began about June 1st. First action was to remove the seats, then they began to gut out the interior. The failure to save “The Wolly” all boils down to one important thing: $$$$ Money $$$.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 6, 2016 at 2:16 pm

What will be built on this site? Is there a news story about it?

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 9, 2016 at 1:02 pm

Ron Newman- Plans are not firm to build anything on the site- Owner is mulling possibilities. He purchased the theater to raze it or convert it into a large Asian foodmarket, but then his original older plan to convert a factory in N. Quincy has recently been approved after a long struggle. So now he has two sites. There are vague plans to save and sell off some artifacts from the “Wolly” at some future date. See Quincy Patriot Ledger, Sat. June 4 2016 edition.

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