Cutler Majestic Theatre

Boston, Massachusetts
Client: Emerson College

Project Description

  • Originally built in 1903, this restored Beaux-Arts theatre is now both a high point for Boston theatergoers and a learning tool for Emerson students.
  • The painstaking restoration and renovation of the 26,000-sf theatre included researching the original palette; replicating seats, velvet curtains, and light fixtures; and re-creating custom wall coverings, paintings, and period carpeting.
  • Now a 21st-century theatre inside a 20th-century historic landmark, the modernized theatre includes upgraded infrastructure and theatre systems, the fully restored second balcony, expanded lobbies and seating capacity, and improved audience amenities.

Photographer: Bruce Martin


National Preservation Honor Award

National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2004


Honor Award

Boston Society of Architects, 2004


Outstanding Restoration Project

League of Historic American Theatres, 2004


Grand Prize – Building Modernization

Buildings Magazine, 2004


Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design

Illuminating Engineering Society of North America, 2004


Outstanding Achievement in Preservation

Massachusetts Historical Commission, 2003


Preservation Achievement Award

Boston Preservation Alliance, 2003


Historic Preservation Award

Boston Society of Architects, 2001

Cutler Majestic Theater
Cutler Majestic Theater Lobby
Cutler Majestic Theater Balcony
Cutler Majestic Theater Box Seats
Cutler Majestic Theater detail