106 Boylston Street / Boston
The 1,700 seat Colonial Theatre was designed by Clarence Blackall and first opened
its doors for a performance of Ben-Hur (see 1900 souvenir program) 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 preview 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 marked the beginning of a new chapter for the Colonial Theatre. The nonprofit
Citi Performing Arts Center assumed 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.
Programs available from this theatre:
Claudia / 1943
Deception (silent film) / 1921
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