DOWNTOWN BOSTON – THEATER DISTRICT

Wilbur Theater Boston

The Wilbur Theater is on Tremont Street in Boston. Opened in 1914, the Wilbur was updated and (mostly) restored in 2008. It’s in the middle of Boston’s historic theater district.

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Boston’s theater district is small compared to bigger cities like New York, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in charm. And convenience. It’s not far from anywhere to anywhere else.

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Today, the Wilbur is known for live comedy and music. When fully occupied, it holds 1100 people. Its interior details are traditional “old style” theater.

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I grew up in New York. These details are the definition of theater for me. I miss the old, big, padded seats, though.

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Clarence Blackall built the theater in 1913. The Wilbur was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. In 1998, SFX Entertainment (now Live Nation) bought the lease on the Wilbur as part of a larger land purchase. The lease expired in 2006.

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In 2007 the theater was back on the market.

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Today, it’s the home of the Comedy Connection in Boston, formerly located in Quincy Market. It hosts both comedy and concerts.

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  1. Boston is one of my favorite American cities. The hometown of my son, of course, creates some form of allegiance, but it is the relatively small size of the downtown that I love most in Boston. It is a wonderful pedestrian city and a French native enjoys this aspect, too often too rare in the US. I am not familiar with the theater but your photos make me want to check it out.

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    • Boston is accessible. When I moved up here, my old boss in NY said “You’ll like Boston. It’s got everything New York has, but you can get to it. It’s a human size city.” We used to walk everywhere when we lived in town, especially when we lived on Beacon Hill. I was younger, of course, and my hips and back were much better than they are now. And all that walking did wonders for my muscles. I was strong and could walk up those hills at top speed carrying a big bag of groceries in each hand. We used to walk from our apartment on the hill all the way to the North End, eat dinner, then walk back. We wore out guests who didn’t understand the concept of “wear supportive shoes.” Our local shoe store did a lot of business with our house guests.

      After we bought a condo in town, we were in Boston another 10 years, but the Big Dig made our lives miserable. That’s when we packed up and moved to the country. Also, our condo was 3 stories, our bedroom being the entire top floor. GREAT condo … but those steps became Mt. Everest for me. We still visit Boston. All my doctors are there and there is an occasional concert or other event. I miss the things Boston offered, especially shopping and good restaurants … but we got old. The house is a lot easier for us.

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  2. It was impossible for me to not notice that the mailbox in front of the Wang Theatre has been tagged with graffiti. Oh well, I guess art is art!

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  3. This post brought back memories of my youth and the streets of St. Louis. Gaslight Square and Laclede’s Landing were landmarks spots for jazz. The streets themselves were made of red brick, laid out in a beautiful herringbone pattern. Parking was diagonal. Open markets were everywhere including the famous Soulard Market. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soulard,_St._Louis

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    • 😀 That was indeed one of the storied birthplaces of Jazz. Been to New Orleans, which was wonderful. Music and food. GREAT music and food everywhere. But no pictures because Marilyn dropped her camera onto the cobblestones the first day we were there and it literally exploded. I didn’t know cameras could do that. And back then — 18 years ago — I counted myself lucky to have ONE camera, so there was no backup. I think (it was still film) I bought a disposable, but no idea what happened to the pictures, if there were any. Probably there were. Garry wants to see St. Louis for other historical reasons. I’m still waking up. It’s a misty morning here on the top of a mountain in Jackman, Maine.

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  4. Good pics !

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  5. Interesting post and night shots. 😀

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