Wollaston Theatre

14 Beale Street,
Quincy, MA 02170

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Architects: Edwin H. McEwan

Styles: Neo-Classical

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Wollaston Theatre

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 September 23, 2015 at 6:36 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
Archie1959 on October 7, 2015 at 5:53 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
spectrum on November 28, 2015 at 4:39 am

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 5:53 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 7:16 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 6:02 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.

Anali
Anali on June 29, 2016 at 12:26 am

Sadly the theatre was demolished. I went by today and took some pictures. It’s rather devastating. Nothing left. Smashed to bits. History. I wrote a blog post if you are interested in seeing it. http://www.analisamendmentblog.com/history-demolished-disrespected-wollaston-theatre/

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 1, 2019 at 5:22 pm

The Wollaston Theatre was the subject of the “Whatever happened to…?” feature in the Quincy Patriot Ledger of Oct. 30. The text mentions that when the theatre was sold to Arthur & Yvonne Chandler in 1979 it had been owned by the Edward Sears family for 50 years. There is an undated photo of the entrance and marquee listing the movie “Grease” Wed thru Tuesday; the movie “Fluffy” at 2PM Sat and Sunday; and a stage show at 730PM on Sunday. The text mentions that although it was demolished several years ago, there is still nothing on the site today, but there are plans for condos.

Ravenswing
Ravenswing on December 9, 2021 at 4:01 am

Yvonne Chandler, co-owner of the Wolly with her husband Arthur, passed away a few weeks ago. She used to run the ticket booth in the latter days of the theater, while Arthur ran concessions and the projector. My wife and I’d go for Dollar Nights (Tuesdays?) and have a cheap date with a slice of pizza on the corner, a dish of ice cream at Brigham’s, and perhaps some pastries to take home from O'Brien’s Bakery. All gone now, and that was less than 20 years ago.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 9, 2021 at 4:14 am

Have the condos (or anything else) been built on this site yet?

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