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Chevalier Theatre (ArtsBoston)

Chevalier Theatre (ArtsBoston)

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.

Two Buildings in One

The Chevalier Theatre was built in 1939 by the Works Progress Administration as part of the Medford High School complex.

The handsome exterior building, constructed in the Greek Revival style is decorated with columns and the clean lines that are characteristic of this architectural period. But this classical facade belies the treasure contained within, an elliptical art deco house reminiscent of the work of Frank Lloyd Wright!

The spacious interior features 2,061 seats, 1,350 on the floor and 711 in the grand curved balcony. The Chevalier is the sixth largest theatre in the Metropolitan Boston area! 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. There was even a chamber built to house a theatre organ, although one was never installed. Most striking in the interior is the double elliptical ceiling with its spectacular recessed lighting, a design that adds to the enormous feeling of spaciousness and grandeur.

Completed in 1940, the Theatre was dedicated to Godfrey de Courcelles Chevalier, a resident of Medford who attended Medford High and who had distinguished himself in World War I as a naval hero and aviatio

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Chevalier Theatre (ArtsBoston)

30 Forest Street, Medford, MA 02155

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