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Guide To The Boston Opera House

November 14, 2010 12:33 AM

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(credit: Boston Opera House)

(credit: Boston Opera House)

operahouse 1 Guide To The Boston Opera House

(credit: Boston Opera House)

The Boston Opera House first opened in 1928 as the B.F. Keith Memorial Theatre. Edward Franklin Albee constructed the theater to memorialize his late partner Benjamin Franklin Keith.

The theater originally showed films and the odd show. Now, the Opera House is home to the Boston Ballet and several Broadway performances.

The Opera House underwent at $50 million restoration that was completed in 2004.

GETTING THERE

539 Washington Street
Boston, Mass. 02111
617.259.3400
http://www.bostonoperahouseonline.com/index.htm

The Opera House is off Route 93 and the Mass. Pike.

Parking:

There are several parking garages near the Opera House.

The Lafayette Parking Garage at the Hyatt Regency Boston, located at 1 De Lafayette Ave.: Parking here is $12 when you arrive after 4 p.m. In order to get this discount, you must pre-pay and show your Boston Opera House tickets.

The Millennium Place Garage at the Ritz-Carlton Boston Common, located at 47 Boylston Street. This is a self-parking facility. If you want valet parking, enter the garage through the Avery Street entrance.

The Boston Common Garage, located at Zero Charles Street.

75 State Street Garage, located at 75 State Street, next to Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The garage entrance is on Broad Street.

Public Transportation:

The Opera House is also accessible by public transportation. There are several ways to get there using the “T”. The Opera House has very detailed directions on its website.

WHAT TO SEE

The Opera House is home to the Boston Ballet and features several Broadway shows, such as Wicked and Mary Poppins.

Tickets can be purchased at the Boston Opera House Box Office, which is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 30 minutes after the curtain goes up. On Sunday, the box office is open from noontime until 30 minutest after curtain. Tickets for the Boston Ballet can be purchased at the box office Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Opera House does not sell tickets through their website.

If you want to buy your tickets online, it is suggested you do so through each show presenter’s website. (Example: If you want to buy tickets to a show the Boston Ballet is performing, visit the Boston’s Ballet’s website. If you want to see Wicked, go to Broadway Across America’s Web site.)

You can find out who is presenting each show at the Opera House by going to the “Upcoming Events” page on their Web site.

View: Seating Chart

NOTE: There is a Web site bostonoperahouse.com that is not affiliated with the Boston Opera House 

STAY CONNECTED

Keep up with what’s gong on at The Boston Opera House on Facebook.

WHAT’S NEARBY

Coffee

Boston Common Coffee Company
515 Washington Street
Boston, MA
617.542.0595
http://www.bostoncommoncoffee.com/

Before the show, grab a cup of coffee and a baked treat at the Boston Common Coffee Company. The shop offers a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere a few blocks from the theater. If you’re hungry for more than a baked treat… try their paninis!

Dinner

Locke-Ober
3 Winterplace
Boston, MA 02108
617.542.1340
http://www.lockeober.com/index.htm

It is not everyday that you spend a night on the town, so why not treat yourself to a nice dinner before a show. Locke-Ober is minutes away from the Opera House. The menu is a bit pricey, but the food is great and the dining room resembles an old boy’s club.

Drinks

MANTRA
52 Temple Place
Boston, Mass. 02111
617.542.8111
http://www.mantrarestaurant.com/

After the show, head to Mantra for a few drinks. Mantra is about two blocks from the Opera House, so there is no cab needed. Mantra has a long list of marinis, and several fun cocktails. It’s a great way to end the night!

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