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The Wilbur Theatre, Boston

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The Wilbur Theatre is an historic performing arts theater at 244–250 Tremont Street in Boston, Massachusetts. The Wilbur Theatre was originally opened in 1914, but was revitalized in 2008. The Wilbur Theatre dwells in the heart of Boston's historic theater district and is known for hosting live comedy and music.The venue seats 1,093, but the main floor (orchestra level) has removable tables and seating, to create a general admission standing room (bringing capacity to 1,200). It features basic concessions, including a full bar, on all three floors (Orchestra, Mezzanine, Balcony).HistoryClarence Blackall built the theater in 1913, and it was opened the following year. The Wilbur was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and designated as a Boston Landmark by the Boston Landmarks Commission in 1987.In 1998 SFX Entertainment (now Live Nation) bought the Boston theater properties of Jon B. Platt, which included the lease on the Wilbur. The lease ended in 2006.In 2007 the theater was put on the market. Bill Blumenreich, a former owner of the Comedy Connection in Quincy Market, leased the building in 2008. The theater continues to regularly host comedic and musical acts, as well as other events.Comedy specialsThe following specials were filmed at the Wilbur Theatre:Further reading Yearbook of the Boston Architectural Club, 1915. Includes illus. of Wilbur Theatre George McKinnon. "A born-again Wilbur will celebrate success." Boston Globe, 20 Jan 1980 Anthony J. Yudis. "Theatre plaza to spotlight the district." Boston Globe, 09 Oct 1983
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  • Planned ahead to allow for a seat where a short person like myself could view the stage. Having never been to the Wilbur before, I utilized online seating charts. With the obvious best seats...  more »
  • We have been here many times for comedy and musical shows. It is an old theater with uncomfortable seats but that’s ok because we are here for the entertainment and ambiance. I haven’t been to any...  more »
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  • This is a nice theater. The bathrooms are right outside the mezzanine but too small for the crowds. There is a concession stand on the mezzanine floor but it's way too small and has just one employee running it. Just go down one floor and it'll be quicker. I promise
  • The acoustics here are marvelous. It is a great venue for this kind of a show. It's a beautiful old-fashioned stage theatre. The only downside is that there is apparently little to no accommodation for persons with any kind of mobility impairment. There are lots of stairs, and the only restrooms are in the basement, so if you're seated in the balcony or mezzanine, that's inconvenient.

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