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Located in Medford, Massachusetts, the Chevalier Theatre is one of the Boston area’s hidden gems, an historical landmark, a memorial to a hero, and a cultural icon. It is a working theater available for rent and an historical restoration project. The Chevalier Theatre was built in 1939 by the Works Progress Administration as part of the Medford High School complex. The Chevalier is the sixth largest theatre in the Metropolitan Boston area, with the spacious interior featuring 2,061 seats, 1,350 on the floor and 711 in the grand curved balcony. Every seat was designed to be a "good one" with a clear view of the wide elliptical stage surrounding an orchestra pit with a capacity for 60 musicians.
The theatre was used as an auditorium, for student theatrical productions and special commencements until 1965. In 1981,the work to repair the years of neglect began. For 20 years the volunteer Commission has been carefully working to preserve the Theatre’s rich heritage. It is a continuous work in progress and much remains to be done. There are architectural and decorative plans to bring the interior of the house back to its former glory, designs for painting, seat augmentation and other facilities. Although it is a work in progress, the Chevalier Theatre is available for rental by theatrical groups, for special events and is a perfect sound recording studio.