The Theatres of Boston: A Stage and Screen History by Donald C. King
Hardcover: 278 pages
Publisher: McFarland & Company; April 2005
The history of Boston theatres from the eighteenth century through the present is covered in this well illustrated work. Although the theatre had a somewhat rocky beginning, by 1841 more than 15 theatre houses—including the Boston Theatre, Concert Hall, Merchants Hall, Boylston Hall, the Washington Gardens Amphitheatre, the Tremont Theatre, the Washington Theatre, the American Amphitheatre, the Federal Street Theatre, Mr. Saubert’s Theatre, the Lion Theatre, the National Theatre (which boasted gas lighting), and the Howard Athenaeum—were all established. After these first theatres paved the way and puritanical restraint had been overcome, the public’s enthusiasm for varied entertainment prevailed and theatres proliferated in the city. This book details the long and storied history of Boston theatre construction, alteration, restoration, and, in many cases, destruction. Information is also provided about building architecture, types of performances, ticket prices and other interesting data about each theatre’s history.
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