Boston University Theatre

264 Huntington Avenue,
Boston, MA 02115

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Boston University Theatre

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Built in 1925 by Henry Jewett, an Australian actor. Successful repertory theater during its early years, later becoming a movie theater (the Esquire), which operated until 1958. Currently, the Boston University Theatre is home to the Huntington Theatre Company.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 8, 2015 at 1:21 pm

Boston University plans to put the theater up for sale very soon. Only stipulation is that the new owner must agree to house the Huntington Theatre Company through June 2017. They say it now has 890 seats, and the sale includes two adjoining buildings. BU wants to build a new theater on or near their main campus on Commonwealth Avenue.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on October 8, 2015 at 5:08 pm

A perfect permanent house for a Boston opera company, something sorely needed.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 10, 2015 at 2:19 pm

It would make a nice opera theater, although perhaps not for the big productions like “Aida” and “Turandot”. In recent years there have been a few musical productions there, even including, I think, a Gilbert & Sullivan operetta.

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on October 10, 2015 at 2:59 pm

I went to “Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria” there a few months ago as part of an early opera festival featuring works of Monteverdi.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 14, 2015 at 2:07 pm

An opinion piece by JoAnn Fitzpatrick in today’s Quincy Patriot Ledger discusses the plight of the Boston University Theatre (and the Colonial downtown). She says that BU rejected the offer to buy it tendered by the Huntington Theatre Co. as “too low”. The reaction seems to be “Do the right thing and sell it to them for what they can afford instead of greedily trying to get the biggest buck from some developer who will tear it down.”

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 9, 2016 at 4:12 pm

In today’s Boston Globe: Deal gives Huntington control of BU Theatre

The theatre is being sold, but the Huntington Theatre Company will remain there and will refurbish it. I expect they will want to change the theatre’s name.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on June 10, 2016 at 12:58 pm

The business page of today’s Boston Herald reports that the deal-making began in March and that Boston University will sell the theater for $25M to a real estate developer who is working on behalf of the Huntington Theatre Company. The building of sets and scenery on-site will be moved elsewhere and the space will be developed into retail on the ground floor and housing above. There will be some refurbishment of the theater. Yes, almost certainly the theater’s name will be changed, probably to “Huntington Theatre”.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 10, 2016 at 12:59 pm

Or it may be named after a donor to the theatre’s fundraising campaign. (I had a short conversation about this on the theatre’s Facebook page.)

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 10, 2016 at 1:01 pm

One of the buildings that will be demolished and replaced with new development is the former Symphony Cinema.

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