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 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.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 18, 2015 at 11:00 am

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 4:14 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 10:36 am

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 9:53 am

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.

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