Wang Theatre

270 Tremont Street,
Boston, MA 02116

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Previously operated by: Famous Players, Publix Theaters Corporation, Sack Theatres

Architects: Clarence H. Blackall

Functions: Dance, Live Theater, Movies, Performing Arts, Special Events

Styles: French Renaissance

Previous Names: Metropolitan Theatre, Music Hall, Wang Center for the Peforming Arts

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 617.482.9393

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Metropolitan Theatre (now Wang Theatre), Boston, MA – 1929

The Metropolitan Theatre was opened by Publix Theaters Corporation on October 17, 1925 with Adolphe Menjou in “The King on Main Street” and a stage presentation “The Melting Pot”. From 1962 to 1980 it was operated by Sack Theatres and renamed Music Hall. In recent years it has been renamed the Wang Theatre, and along with the Shubert Theatre, the two theatres operated by the non-profit Wang Center for the Performing Arts has been converted into a grandiose performing arts center that, until spring of 2005, delighted movie audiences with ocasional showings of classic films.

A theatre whose beauty is really the ‘big’ thing, the Wang Theatre has state-of-the-art sound technology along with beautiful decorations and gold plated figures. It also features a large stage, with the auditorium containing a 1,500 seat balcony, a mezzanine, and 20 box seats along its edge.

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rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on October 8, 2015 at 10:38 am

Citigroup will end its relationship with the Wang Center in November 2016 not Nov. 2015. Reported in Boston Herald today, Oct. 8.

dallasmovietheaters on November 13, 2015 at 6:45 am

The Famous Players'-Lasky $4.5 million “wonder theatre” — the Metropolitan Theatre — opened October 17, 1925 with a live performance of the 1812 Overture and live stage presentation of “The Melting Pot” symbolizing the colonization of New England and Paramount’s feature, “The King of Main Street.” The manager Ralph E. Crabill saw a full house for the first performances.

DavidZornig on November 27, 2015 at 12:21 pm

Circa 1957 photo added, photo credit Boston Globe. Possibly a 1962 re-release after Loren won her Oscar.

DavidZornig on November 27, 2015 at 12:35 pm

1970 photo as Music Hall added, photo courtesy of the Dirty Old Boston Facebook page. Music Hall name was 1962-1980, and should be added to the Overview and/or as previous names. It was also named Metropolitan Center from 80-83 before becoming Wang.

Trolleyguy on July 16, 2016 at 6:34 am

The rock concert scene in the new “Ghostbusters” movie was filmed here.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on August 8, 2016 at 3:47 pm

It’s been years since the Wang Theatre showed a movie, but they will screen Mel Brooks' “Blazing Saddles” on October 22. Brooks will be on stage “to provide a behind-the-scenes look at his illustrious career and talk about the making of his 1974 western comedy starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder.” The event will include an audience Q&A session.

Mel Brooks is in the saddle again, en route to Citi Wang Theatre (Boston Globe)

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on September 16, 2016 at 10:03 am

Effective Nov. 1st the parent organization running the Wang Theatre (and the Shubert Theatre across the street) will be the Boch Center for the Perf. Arts. Ernie Boch Jr owns automobile dealerships started by his late father, runs a rock band, and is a pop music historian. So the theater names will be “Boch Wang” and “Boch Shubert”.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on September 16, 2016 at 10:06 am

Boch is also a prominent local supporter of Donald Trump, a characteristic generally incompatible with art or culture of any kind.

orsonwellescinema on July 18, 2018 at 3:54 pm

Last month they did a revival screening of “High Fidelity” with John Cusack in attendance for a Q&A.

orsonwellescinema on July 18, 2018 at 3:57 pm

“The Boston Strangler” had its New England premiere here on Nov 8, 1968.

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