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Best Historic Venues in Boston

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This world-famous baseball stadium has been a staple of the Boston entertainment scene since its opening in 1912. The diamond is flanked on its left side by the Green Monster, an iconic 37-foot (11.28-meter) field wall featuring a manually operated scoreboard. A unique piece of civic history, Fenway Park is one of the oldest Major League Baseball stadiums currently in use, and it proudly hosts the Boston Red Sox. With a seating capacity of over 37,000 spectators, the stadium ripples with excited energy on game days when steadfast local fans cheer proudly for the home team.

Since 1852, this historic theater called the Orpheum Theatre has played host to Broadway musicals and lectures by world renowned scholars. Today, the Orpheum carries shows from pop artists and contemporary playwrights along with the usual theater events. It is housed in a landmark building and the shows performed here are widely popular and critically acclaimed.

Over a century old, the Emerson Colonial Theatre is Boston's oldest continually performing theater. Located across from Boston Common, the stage has, in decades gone by, hosted legendary performers including Ethel Merman and tHelen Hayes. The Sound of Music, Follies, The Merchant of Yonkers and The Diary of Anne Frank are some of the hits. Productions occasionally come here for a fine-tuning run before heading on to Broadway. Other popular family fare include Les Miserables.

Built in 1908, Shubert Theatre has a long history of staging quality dramatic productions. It is home to the Boston Lyric Opera and is a stop for touring dramatic companies. Past productions include The King and I, Mame and South Pacific. The 1600-seat theater underwent a massive renovation project in 1996. This theater is beautiful and its small size means excellent acoustics.

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