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Huntington Avenue Theatre

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Huntington Avenue Theatre, Past and Present
About Architects, Bruner/Cott & Associates
About Commercial Developers, QMG Huntington LLC
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“The Huntington Theatre Company is here to stay, on Huntington Avenue where it belongs. From the very beginning we have been committed to bringing the key players to the table in order to maintain the Huntington’s home on the Avenue of the Arts.”— Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Quick Facts

  • Designed and constructed as America's first civic playhouse, the building today known as the Huntington Avenue Theatre formally opened in 1925
  • The theatre was orginally named the Repertory Theatre of Boston, built as a permanent home for the Henry Jewett Players
  • Boston Unversity purchased the theatre facility in 1954
  • Huntington Theatre Company was founded in 1982 by Boston University
  • In Fall 2015, Boston University and the Huntington announced that they would dissolve their 33-year partnership in June 2017
  • In June 2016, Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that the Huntington Theatre Company would remain on Huntington Avenue
  • In December 2017, the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) voted to approve the proposed redevelopment of 254-264 Huntington Avenue.
  • In May 2018, The Huntington Theatre Company became the sole owner of the Huntington Avenue Theatre

Huntington Avenue Theatre

Huntington Avenue Theatre, Past and Present

1925

  • The building today known as the Huntington Avenue Theatre was designed and constructed as America's first civic playhouse, originally named the Repertory Theatre of Boston, a permanent home for the Henry Jewett Players

1930s/1940s

  • The theatre was known as the Esquire Theatre and was mainly used as a movie house

1954

  • Boston Unversity purchased the theatre facility and presented their first production 

1982

  • Huntington Theatre Company was founded by Boston University; Managing Director Michael Masso joined Producing Director Peter Altman to lead the company

2015

  • October - Boston University and the Huntington announced that they would dissolve their 33-year partnership in June 2017

2016

  • May - QMG Huntington LLC, led by John Matteson, purchased the BU Theatre complex
  • June - Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined Huntington Managing Director Michael Maso and developer John Matteson of QMG Huntington LLC to announce a partnership that will allow the Huntington Theatre Company to stay in its current home, the Huntington Avenue Theatre

2017

  • May - The Huntington engages Bruner/Cott & Associates as architects for the Huntington Avenue Theatre project
  • June - QMG Huntington LLC filed plans with the Boston Planning and Development Agency for redeveloping 252-258 Huntington Avenue and the Huntington Avenue Theatre
  • July - The Huntington Theatre Company took full control of the theatre at 264 Huntington Avenue, our home of over 35 years, on July 1, 2017
  • August - The new Huntington Production Center in Everett officially opened with a ribbon-cutting event
  • December - The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) voted to approve the proposed redevelopment of 254-264 Huntington Avenue, which will include the renovation of the Huntington Avenue Theatre and the theatre’s support wing as well as a new apartment building next to the theatre.

2018

  • May - Huntington Theatre Company recieves the deed to the Huntington Avenue Theatre Company

About Architects, Bruner/Cott & Associates

The Huntington has engaged Bruner/Cott & Associates as architects for the Huntington Avenue Theatre project. Known for award-winning designs for seminal projects such as MASS MoCA and the Boston University School of Law, Bruner/Cott has a reputation for thoughtful design that celebrates the heritage and craftmanship of the past while optimizing resources for sustainable futures.

The Huntington and Bruner/Cott are currently making plans to renovate the Huntington Avenue Theatre, which in turn will expand the Huntington’s services to its audiences, artists, and the Greater Boston community.

“Bruner/Cott has a great track record of working with arts groups and of reinvigorating older buildings. I expect that they will be able to bring out the beauty of our historic theatre while also creating vibrant, new social spaces.”
— David Epstein, Huntington's chairman of the board

Bruner/Cott & Associates

“We’re incredibly excited about this partnership and what it means for Boston. The Huntington project will provide a magnet for community engagement and set the stage for exciting growth and change on the Avenue of the Arts.”
Scott Aquilina, principal at Bruner/Cott

Bruner/Cott & Associates is dedicated to enhancing quality of life, economic vigor, and sense of community through thoughtful, sustainable design for cultural, educational, and commercial clients nationwide. They believe the most effective design solutions derive from a creative interpretation of place, culture, program, and responsibility to our planet, and see architecture as a site-specific art rather than an imposed style, thoughtfully considering each project within the context of its mission and its community.

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About Commercial Developers, QMG Huntington LLC

Local development company, QMG Huntington LLC, led by John Matteson, purchased the BU Theatre complex in May 2016. The BPDA's approval of the Huntington Avenue Project puts in motion a donation by QMG Huntington LLC of the historic Huntington Avenue Theatre and its support wing to the Huntington Theatre Company for its ownership in perpetuity.

QMG Huntington LLC will also provide the Huntington Theatre Company with 14,000 square feet of new cultural space, expanding the Huntington Avenue Theatre at the base of QMG’s apartment building, with a 100-year lease for the price of $1.00 (one dollar). The Huntington is responsible for outfitting the new contemporary space which will serve as the Huntington Avenue Theatre’s new entrance and will provide public amenities including increased gathering spaces and an expansive second floor lobby that will double as an event space and intimate performance venue for up to 150 people.

Demolition for the 252-254 Huntington Avenue buildings is projected to commence in early 2019. Huntington is projected to begin renovations during the 2020-2021 season.

QMG Huntington LLC

QMG is delighted to provide the city of Boston with new living spaces in the heart of the city and to align with the Huntington Theatre Company, one of Boston’s great cultural assets. We are looking forward to the next steps in this project and would also like to thank Mayor Walsh and his staff for their guidance through this process.
John Matteson of QMG Huntington LLC

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