Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
The Huntington Theatre Company built and operates the Stanford Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, located at 527 Tremont Street in Boston's Historic South End.
It provides first-class facilities and audience services at subsidized rates to dozens of Boston’s most exciting small and mid-sized theatre companies. The rents and fees these companies can pay amount to only a portion of what it takes to run the Calderwood Pavilion each year, and so the Huntington subsidizes the costs by $400,000 annually to keep this vital facility in operation.
Named #3 on Boston.com’s “Biggest Arts Stories of the Decade,” (December 22, 2009) the Calderwood Pavilion opened in 2004 and was the first new theatre built in Boston since the 1920s. Housing the 370-seat Virginia Wimberly Theatre (the Huntington’s second stage, where you saw Circle Mirror Transformation and Sons of the Prophet in the 2010-2011 season), the 200-seat Nancy and Edward Roberts Studio Theatre (where you saw Our Town this past season), the Carol Deane Rehearsal Hall, and Hall A, the facility has helped to reinvigorate the Boston Center for the Arts’ campus and helped turn the South End into “a new cultural hub” for the arts. From its opening in 2004 through spring 2013, the Calderwood Pavilion hosted:
- 40 companies, including SpeakEasy Stage Company, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre’s Boston Theater Marathon, The Theater Offensive, Bad Habit Productions, and Company One.
- More than 3,000 performances of more than 260 different productions (produced by over 90 organizations).
- An audience of more than 550,000 theatregoers.
- More than 280 organizations who put on activities as diverse as theatrical productions, concerts, private parties, summer camps for teens, and business meetings.
- 15 World, American, and New England premieres.
In addition to the Calderwood Pavilion, the Huntington also operates BostonTheatreScene.com, a ticketing service for companies performing in the Calderwood Pavilion, the Boston Center for the Arts Theatres on the Plaza, and the Boston University Theatre.