The 9 Best Historic Theaters in Massachusetts!

Old buildings tell the tales of days gone by. Old theaters tell the stories of performers or films of old. Sometimes newer theaters are housed in old buildings. The combination of historic details in these cases is magical. Check out the following historic theaters in Massachusetts. You’ll surely find the performance and the history fascinating.

Capitol Theatre, Arlington, MA

Built in 1925, Arlington’s Capitol Theatre originally seated 1,600, and even had a pipe organ. While much of the interior has been restored to reflect its origins, the owners added a 3D theater and more comfortable seating in recent years.

Boch Center, Boston, MA

Formerly the Wang Theatre, the Boch Center has a long, rich history in the Boston arts scene. Built in 1794 as a playhouse, it became the Metropolitan Theatre in 1925 and the Music Hall in 1962. Throughout the past 200 or so years it has seen stage productions including operas, the Boston Ballet, musical theater productions and internationally-renown musical acts.

Somerville Theatre, Somerville, MA

Built in 1914, the Somerville Theatre was initially used for vaudeville acts, stage shows and operas. It featured a ballroom on its second floor and a bowling alley in the basement. These days it’s a movie theatre, although live performances still take place. U2 performed there in 2009. Bruce Springsteen, Cheap Trick, Norah Jones, and other famous musical acts have appeared there as well.

Dedham Community Theatre, Dedham, MA

Built in 1927, the Dedham Community Theatre was once the center of Dedham Square. These days it’s an awesome discount movie house, where families can view recent films for less than many of the megaplex cinemas charge.

The Charles Playhouse, Boston, MA

Built in 1839 as a church, the Charles Playhouse became a synagogue and nightclub before fire gutted much of the building. In 1957, the Actors Company of Boston bought it and transformed it into a theater. Today it is home to the ongoing Boston production of Blue Man Group.

Coolidge Corner Theatre, Brookline, MA

Built as a church in 1906, the Coolidge Corner Theatre became an Art Deco movie theater in 1933. Since then it’s become a center for arts and culture, with independent films from around the world shown regularly.

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Brattle Theatre, Cambridge, MA

Built in 1890, the Brattle Theatre is located on the Harvard University campus. Live theater groups used the building for year, and now it’s a house for classic films, as well as foreign and indie films.

The Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA

Built in 1852, Boston’s Orpheum Theatre is one of the oldest theaters in the United States. Originally called the Boston Music Hall, it is the original home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. These days it hosts nationally-renown musical acts in a small concert setting.

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Hanover Theatre, Worcester, MA

Owned by the Worcester Center for Performing Arts, the Hanover Theatre opened in 1902 as the Franklin Square Theatre. It featured burlesque shows and Broadway tours. By 1912 it was showing silent films. These days it hosts nationally-renown musicians including Daughtry and Englebert Humperdink, as well as musical theater productions for children.

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