Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre
The 1,700 seat Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre was designed by Clarence Blackall and first opened its doors for a performance of Ben-Hur on December 20, 1900. In the early and mid 20th century, Boston was considered a launching pad for Broadway producers to try out new productions before bringing them to New York. Boston theatergoers were treated to a sneak peek of many well-known Broadway shows at the Colonial including Anything Goes, Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma!, Annie Get Your Gun, and La Cage aux Folles. July 2012 will mark the beginning of a new chapter for the Colonial Theatre. The nonprofit Citi Performing Arts Center will assume operations of the theatre, with a booking agreement with Broadway In Boston, ensuring that the Boston tradition of presenting Broadway shows continues in its historic home.
Absolutely beautiful theater, but those seats had to have been designed for a four year old child. I am 6 ft and now have permanent dents in my knees from having them shoved into the seat in front of me for two hours at a show. My friend who was with me is 5' 2" and maybe 110 soaking wet and she barely fit in the seat! While the shows there are always great, its sometimes hard to enjoy them when your legs are being sliced in half by the seat ahead of you.
It's a very nice traditional-looking theatre. We had a good view from the mezzanine. It's conveniently in the center of the city right next to the common. My only complaint is that there is little room outside of the theatre for the crowds (both on the street and in the building). Crowd control suffers, as a result.
The theater looks quaint and has this old baroque charm, but omg... the seats on the mezzanine and balcony have less leg space than the smallest airplane. I'm 5'2'' and I could barely fit. If I have the choice in the future, I will choose a different theater or definitely get orchestra seats which seem a tiny bit more spacious.
I've seen a few performances here and I love it! Great venue!
Can get a bit crowded and the entrance aisle may be a bit narrow. The theatre itself is just gorgeous, though the speaker system can be improved. A great place to enjoy a show.
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