Boston's Historic Colonial Theatre Closing IndefinitelyPlay
Boston's oldest continuously operating theater is shutting down at least temporarily because its owner has not been able to find a new tenant.
The Colonial Theatre, famous for its golden ceiling, ornate murals and excellent sight lines, is going dark this weekend after a final performance of "West Side Story."
The 111-year-old theater, owned by Emerson College, had been leased by Broadway Across America-Boston, but that deal is expiring.
Broadway Across America-Boston has found alternate sites after negotiations with Emerson broke down.
Both sides blamed the other. Emerson officials said that Broadway Across America-Boston declined to renew its lease when a deal was offered last November. Broadway Across America-Boston said the offer came too late and that it had already made a deal with the Shubert Theater.
Broadway Across America-Boston has presented popular touring musicals while leasing the 1,704-seat theater for a decade.
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This program aired on July 6, 2011.