The Colonial Theatre, located in Boston’s Theatre District, is the oldest continuously operating theater in New England. When it opened in December 1900, the theater featured several pre-Broadway productions such as “Porgy and Bess,” “Oklahoma” and “Born Yesterday.”
The interior was decorated by H.B. Pennell.
Over the past 12 years, the Colonial Theatre has undergone some extensive changes to make seating more comfortable and the theater more spacious. There have also been several restoration projects on the theater’s murals and paintings. – Lori Lennon
106 Boylston St.
Boston, Mass. 02116
The theater is located off Route 93, Storrow Drive and the Mass. Pike. MAP
There are several parking garages around the theater:
Central Parking at the Ritz Carlton Hotel and Towers, located just past the Colonial Theatre on the left-hand side of Boylston Street.
The Raddisson Hotel Garage, located at the corner of Stuart and Charles Street.
The Boston Common Garage, located on Charles Street between Boston Common and the Public Gardens.
Charles Street Parking, located on Charles Street South in the Transportation Building.
The Motor Mart Garage, located on Stuart Street near Park Plaza.
The New England Medical Center parking lot located on Tremont Street next to the Wang Theatre.
The theater can also be reached by using public transportation. The Green Line, the Red Line, the Orange Line (subway) have stops near the theater.
WHAT TO SEE
The Colonial Theatre features popular shows such as “Hair,” “West Side Story,” and “Jersey Boys.”
You can purchase tickets for shows at the Colonial Theatre by calling Ticketmaster at 1.800.982.2787, or by going to the theater’s box office, located at 106 Boylston Street in Boston.
The theater’s box office is open Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The theater does have a babysitter line as well. Theater-goers with children at home can leave this number 617.880.2496 and their seat numbers with their babysitter, so they can be reached in the event of an emergency.
Keep up with what’s going on at the Colonial Theatre on Facebook.
“Sip, Dip and Roll” at Four Season’s
For only $24 per person, you could dine at the Four Seasons Hotel’s Bristol Lounge before heading to the Colonial for your show. This menu was created specifically for the theater-goer and is designed to get you in and out, so you don’t miss your show. Each “Sip, Dip and Roll” meal features a soup, two skewered satays with dipping sauce and a selection of sushi or spring rolls. (Drinks are not included.)
Go For A Walk
Just across the street from the Colonial is the Boston Common. Take a nice stroll through the park and visit the Frog Pond, which is a sprinkler park/pond during the warm months and a skating rink in the winter. Skating hours and rates.
Stop and Smell The Flowers
The Public Garden is located right next to Boston Common. It was created in 1837 and is America’s first public botanical garden.
Visitors can walk through rows and rows of beautiful flowers, plants and fountains. During the spring, you can take a ride on the Swan Boats, which have been a Boston tradition for over 100 years.