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 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 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 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 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.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 27, 2014 at 7:01 pm

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.

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