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Boston Opera House, Boston

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The Boston Opera House is a performing arts venue located at 539 Washington St. in Boston, Massachusetts. Originally built as a movie palace, it opened on October 29, 1928 and was rededicated in 1980 as a home for the Opera Company of Boston. Completely restored in 2004, the theater currently serves as the home of the Boston Ballet and also presents touring Broadway shows.
The Boston Opera House was originally built as the B.F. Keith Memorial Theatre, a lavish movie theater in the Keith-Albee chain, The Keith's Memorial was designed by the prominent theater architect Thomas W. Lamb in one of his most elaborate designs. The theater was dedicated to the vaudeville pioneer B.F. Keith and opened October 29, 1928 presenting first run films along with live vaudeville. By 1929 the theater, now operated by RKO Theatres and called RKO Keith's, had converted to showing only films and remained a leading Boston movie showcase through the 1950s.
In 1965 the Sack Theaters company acquired the theater and renamed it the Savoy Theater. Sack later added a second smaller cinema in the theater's stage space, separated from the original auditorium by a masonry wall built across the proscenium.
In 1980, after closing as a movie house, the theater became the home of opera director Sarah Caldwell's Opera Company of Boston and was renamed the Boston Opera House. The theater was acquired and renovated by the opera company with the help of Boston arts patron Susan Timken. After a decade of innovative opera productions at the house, Caldwell's company collapsed due to financial troubles in 1991. Having previously produced opera since 1958 in rented theaters, the company was not financially prepared to cope with the substantial costs of upkeep for the large theater which had previously been poorly maintained for decades. The company's failure left the theater dark and without funds to maintain it.
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  • If you enjoy Broadway Shows, you must see one at the Opera House in Boston. It would be a mistake not to. The Opera House is breath taking and there doesn't seem to be a bad seat in the house. We sat ...  more »
  • We had the salmon, oysters, clam chowder, a hamburger, and another fish selection. They were all good and not s drop left! We would go to again, and we would recommend. Our server was really terrific:...  more »
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  • What a gorgeous theatre. The restoration was just amazing; it feels like we are heading back in time to see some grand performance. Everything from the lobby to the hallways to the theater itself are just stunning. It's a performance itself. There are great sight lines from every seat in the house as far as we could tell. The Ballet was wonderful; the performers are top notch. We will absolutely go back again.
  • Beautiful theatre. We saw Copellia done by the Boston Ballet. It was a wonderful performance and reminded us how much we love going to the Ballet. The staff at the Opera House was all very friendly and helpful. I love that they are trying to create interesting interactive things in the lobby and getting kids excited about the arts. We will definitely be going back whenever we can!

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