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Wilbur Theatre
Wilbur Theatre
Boston MA Wilbur Theatre.jpg
The Wilbur, 2009
Address244-250 Tremont Street
Boston, Massachusetts
United States
Capacity1,093, (1,200 General Admission)[]
Current useComedy and music venue
ArchitectBlackall, Clarence H.; Haynes Construction Co.
Bill Blumenreich
Coordinates42°21?2?N 71°3?56?W / 42.35056°N 71.06556°W / 42.35056; -71.06556Coordinates: 42°21?2?N 71°3?56?W / 42.35056°N 71.06556°W / 42.35056; -71.06556
Architectural styleColonial Revival
MPSBoston Theatre MRA
NRHP reference #80000443[1]
Added to NRHPDecember 9, 1980

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).


Clarence 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.[2] The lease ended in 2006.[3]

In 2007 the theater was put on the market.[4] Bill Blumenreich, a former owner of the Comedy Connection[5][6] in Quincy Market, leased the building in 2008.[7][6] The theater continues to regularly host comedic and musical acts, as well as other events.[8]

Comedy specials

The following specials were filmed at the Wilbur Theatre:

Comic Special title Network Release date
Joe Rogan Strange Times[9] Netflix 2 October 2018
Norm Macdonald Hitler's Dog, Gossip, and Trickery[10] Netflix 9 May 2017
Dana Carvey Straight White Male, 60[11] Netflix 4 November 2016
Tig Notaro Boyish Girl Interrupted[12] HBO 22 August 2015
Jim Jefferies BARE[13] Netflix 29 August 2014
Jim Gaffigan Obsessed[14] Comedy Central 27 April 2014
Tom Green Tom Green Live[15] Showtime 2012
Gary Gulman In This Economy?[16] Comedy Central 1 September 2012
Kathy Griffin Gurrl Down[17] Bravo! 22 June 2011
Bruce Bruce Losin' It[18] Showtime 26 February 2011
David Cross Bigger & Blackerer[19] 25 May 2010
Craig Ferguson A Wee Bit o' Revolution[20] Comedy Central 22 March 2009

See also


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.
  2. ^ Bound for Boston: SFX subsidiary gains legit house American Artists
  3. ^ The Wilbur Theatre is up for Sale
  4. ^ Palmer Jr, Thomas C. (August 16, 2007). "Next act awaits the Wilbur Theatre". The Boston Globe.
  5. ^ Palmer Jr, Thomas C. (March 12, 2008). "Comedy club owner to lease the Wilbur". The Boston Globe.
  6. ^ a b Kandarian, Paul E. (May 18, 2014). "At the helm of the Wilbur Theatre". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ http://www.bostonherald.com/entertainment/music/general/view/2008_08_05_Wilbur_Theatre_gets_its_acts_together/
  8. ^ "The Wilbur - Boston". thewilbur.com. Retrieved .
  9. ^ "Strange Times".
  10. ^ Norm Macdonald: Hitler's Dog, Gossip & Trickery (2017), retrieved
  11. ^ "Netflix Announces Premiere Dates for New Line-Up Of Original Stand-up Comedy Specials". Netflix Media Center. Retrieved .
  12. ^ Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted (2015), retrieved
  13. ^ Jim Jefferies: BARE (2014), retrieved
  14. ^ Jim Gaffigan: Obsessed (2014), retrieved
  15. ^ Tom Green: Tom Green Live (2012), retrieved
  16. ^ Gary Gulman: In This Economy? (2012), retrieved
  17. ^ Kathy Griffin: Gurrl Down (2011), retrieved
  18. ^ Bruce Bruce: Losin' It (2011), retrieved
  19. ^ David Cross: Bigger & Blackerer (Video 2010), retrieved
  20. ^ Craig Ferguson: A Wee Bit o' Revolution (2009), retrieved

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

External links


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