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Wilbur Theatre Boston
Located in Boston, Massachusetts, the Wilbur Theatre is historic theatre of performing arts. While the original opening of the theatre was in the year 1914, it was renovated in 2008 for a new opening. The theatre is situated in the heart of the historic theatre district of Boston. The theatre has grown in popularity quite considerably over the recent past and is renowned for hosting live music and comedy. It has a seat capacity of 1,093, however, the tables and seats on the main floor are removable. It can thus be turned into an admission standing room during which its capacity rises to 1,200. The theatre is made of three primary floors, the Orchestra Level, Mezzanine and Balcony. Each of these floors has a full bar.
The Wilbur Theatre was designed by Clarence Blackall and built by the Shubert Brothers in the year 1913 and was opened one year afterwards. The brothers named the theatre after A.L. Wilbur, their friend and theatre manager. Its design was unique and was considered one of the best theatres in the region. In 1980, the theatre made it to the National Register of Historic Places list. The Boston Landmarks Commission designated the Wilbur Theatre a Boston Landmark later on in 1987.
The year 1998 saw the acquisition of the Wilbur Theatre by SFX Entertainment which is currently known as Live Nation. SFX Entertainment purchased the Boston Theatre properties of John B. Platt and with it came a lease on Wilbur. The lease ended in 2006 and one year later, the theatre was put back in the market. In 2008, a former owner of a comedy connection based in Quincy Market by the name Bill Blumenreich leased the building. Since the 2008 lease, the theatre has continued its hosting of musical, comedic acts as well as various other exciting events.
After acquiring the Wilbur Theatre through a 20 – year lease in 2008, Bill Blumenreich commenced renovations on it in July of the same year. Bill is a former stockbroker and a Milton resident. He financed, from his own pocket, the entire renovation of the theatre and has stated that he spent “a couple of millions” throughout the process. The renovation was a great success and he has managed to bring the theatre to its former glory and reopened the business that as once closed. It is currently functional and reportedly has about 104 workers.
Ever since its reopening, the Wilbur Theatre hosts quite a number of events and acts. Every week, it hosts top notch acts such as Joel McHale, Bill Maher, Jimmy Fallon as well as Joan Rivers for comedy. For music, some of the acts hosted include Kris Kristofferson and Gavin Degraw.
Validation of customer parking for the Wilbur Theatre is done at the 660 Washington St. Garage. The entrance to the garage is situated at the 660 Washington Street with a pedestrian access located on the left of the entrance to the garage as well as the parking office/cashier station. There is a $5 discount if you have your ticket stamped on the performance night.
How to get there
There are various ways of travelling to Wilbur. You can go by bus, train or on your personal car. Wilbur is situated off Route 93, Storrow Drive and the Mass Pike. You can access it by bus or subway. New England Medical Stop on the Silver Line and Orange Line bus is the most convenient. You can use either the Green Line on the T or the Orange Line on the T to get to the Wilbur Theatre.
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