Wollaston Theatre

14 Beale Street,
Quincy, MA 02170

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Anali on June 28, 2016 at 7:26 pm

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 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.

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 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: $$$$ Money $$$.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 27, 2014 at 2:01 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.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 30, 2013 at 1:33 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.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on February 1, 2012 at 9:36 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 February 1, 2012 at 2:26 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%.

PopcornNRoses on February 1, 2012 at 8:56 am

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 January 31, 2012 at 1:37 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.

HowardBHaas on January 30, 2012 at 8:45 pm

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

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 30, 2012 at 7:20 pm

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

BobSchlapowitz on January 30, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Apparently the Wolly has been sold and is going to be turned into an Asian Market, because Quincy clearly needs another one of those.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on February 12, 2011 at 1:30 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.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 10, 2010 at 1:48 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 October 26, 2010 at 1:49 pm

The Patriot Ledger ran one its polls recently asking “Should the Wollaston Theatre be preserved and reopened, or torn down and the site developed??” There were 556 responses: Saved- 61%; Torn down-38%.

RealmQuests on October 23, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Darn. :/ …thanks for the update, Ron.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 23, 2010 at 11:31 am

There is a front-page story in the Quincy Patriot Ledger today: “The Deal to Save ‘Wolly’ Theater Crumbles – City, Developer Back Away from Project”. The city’s planning developer, Street-Works, has dropped the Wollaston Theatre project. Too expensive, estimated cost of renovations: $7M. No return or profit possible in this undertaking. The deed for the building is still held by Mrs. Chandler. Street-Works has paid her a total of $145K toward the price of $1.14M and has skipped further payments and will not make any more. There are currently 4 retail tenants in the front of the building. The Mayor now feels that preserving this theater is pretty much a lost cause, unless someone with deep pockets steps in.