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Emerson Colonial Theatre Official Blog

It's Our 123rd Birthday!

Posted December 20, 2023


On this day in 1900, the Colonial opened its doors for the very first time. 123 years later, the Colonial continues to share incredible entertainment for Bostonians and beyond. Take a peak of the Colonial then and now pictures below!

Photo 1: The theater's original façade and marquee, highlighting BEN-HUR which opened with a cast of 360 actors and featured eight live horses on stage in a full gallop during the chariot race scene. 

Photo 2: Before and after images showcase the complete restoration of our gorgeous home completed in 2018.