Although the Boston Landmark
Commission in 1979 stated that "The Gaiety is notable as one
of fourteen Boston theatres by leading American theater architect
Clarence Blackall," no performances have taken place there
since World War II.
the Gaiety theatre
red brick theatre was purchased in 1986 by Kensington Investment
Co. for future development and has been vacant for nearly 20 years.
the Landmark Commission in its 1979 report noted that "the
auditorium is virtually intact and could be restored to its original
glory," severe water damage and neglect have wiped out most
of that glory since.
Much of the
theatre's uniqueness, found in its ticket booths, marble dado panels,
French doors and architectural drawings, is gone. One plaster bust
of Gaeity Girl sits quietly next to the balcony, representing the
glory years of the Gaiety.
plaster bust of Gaiety Girl.
In order to
be saved, the aiety would have needed to be recognized as an historic
landmark by the Boston
or listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It must be
rated at least a III by the commission to be considered a significant
But the Gaiety's
current status is a IV and the Friends of the Gaiety have exhausted
every avenue of city appeals and is now looking to the state to
try and protect the theater.