It has been a difficult year for Boston’s performing arts community. Unable to put on live productions, many in the arts have turned to broadcasting shows and other creative ways to connect with audiences.
However, there is a real desire to return to the stage and host live cultural events again when it is safe so I was excited to read in The Boston Globe that three new theaters will be built in the Seaport District with two expected to open in Amazon’s building (shown above) in 2024 when it opens.
Amazon’s office building in the Seaport is currently under construction, but when it is finished it will include two new theaters on the second and third floors with a capacity of 500 and 150 seats. A third smaller theater with a capacity of approximately 100 seats will also likely be developed in another building in the Seaport that has yet to be identified.
The new performance space is likely to be managed and operated by Boston’s Celebrity Series and be reserved for Boston’s nonprofit performing arts organizations. The city would like to have the Celebrity Series, which was established in 1938, act as a mentor to less seasoned arts companies, while providing more space for local theater companies. Affordable space for smaller theater production companies was high on the list of the Boston arts community prior to the pandemic and presumably will be put to good use when it is safe to perform in front of live audiences again.
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