Wollaston Theatre

14 Beale Street,
Quincy, MA 02170

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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.

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.

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 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%.

PopcornNRoses
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 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.

HowardBHaas
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

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on January 31, 2012 at 12:20 am

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

BobSchlapowitz
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.

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.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 10, 2010 at 6:48 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 6:49 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
RealmQuests on October 23, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Darn. :/ …thanks for the update, Ron.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm

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.

spectrum
spectrum on October 13, 2010 at 2:02 am

The website is back up. Latest news is the theatre has been acquired and protected, but it looks like latest updates are from 2009.

nvargelis
nvargelis on April 29, 2010 at 9:45 am

Strange, the ‘Save the Wollaston Theater’ website has gone off-line. I wonder what is happening with the plans to clean up and re-open the theater?

http://www.wollastontheater.com/

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 24, 2010 at 5:59 pm

A comprehensive set of photos, Nicolas V.

nvargelis
nvargelis on March 21, 2010 at 2:47 am

interior photographs of the Wallaston Theater taken a few years ago:

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for more info contact:

nvargelis [at] yahoo.fr

nvargelis
nvargelis on March 21, 2010 at 2:47 am

interior photographs of the Wallaston Theater taken a few years ago:

View link

for more info contact:

nvargelis [at] yahoo.fr

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 11, 2010 at 6:54 pm

The MBTA parking lot at Wollaston station (near the theater) is for T passengers only, and is full all day on weekdays. One weekday in early afternoon a few years ago I drove to Wollaston to partonize a specialty shop there; I found the entire area choked with parked cars; drove round and round, and finally parked in the private lot of a business; hurried over to the store and back. Parking near the Wollaston Theater is a Big problem.

Anali
Anali on March 10, 2010 at 7:38 pm

Ron Newman – From my conversation with Jeff, it seems that will depend on the type of use. If all the use is in the evening or weekends, that could be possible. But if some use is during weekdays, and the parking lot is filled up, that might not be enough parking.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on March 10, 2010 at 7:23 pm

This is right next to a T station, so is parking really needed at all? Can’t people just park in the surrounding neighborhood and walk to the theatre?

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on March 10, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Anali’s recent interview posted above with Jeff Levien mentions what I think is a big problem for the Wollaston Theater: the lack of parking in that area. Years ago there was a huge parking lot across from the left (south) sidewall of the auditorium, but that now has buildings on it.

Anali
Anali on March 3, 2010 at 10:12 pm

Today I spoke with Jeff Levien from Street-Works for an update about the theatre. Here’s a link to my blog post about it.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 23, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Michael Cummings Jr- I don’t know what flick was playing at the Wollaston on Fri Nov 22, 1963 but it was not raining that day. It was a sunny, mild afternoon. I was on a bus from Fields Corner station to Quincy Center running down Hancock St. right past the Wollaston Th. and recall the news headlines: Patriot Ledger: “Kennedy Assassinated” and Boston Traveler: “JFK Slain”. It was a shocking event, even for people who weren’t particularly fans of the president.