Project Progress: Construction Complete

About Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre

820 Commonwealth Avenue, Brookline, MA


New-construction multi-functional theatre which has provided the Boston University (BU) arts community with state-of-the-art performing arts production and teaching space, design labs and a black-box studio theatre featuring up to 250 seats. The Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre is equipped to teach theatrical lighting, sound, costume and scenery design, and includes high-bay spaces for scenery and prop construction and painting as well as low-bay spaces for costume creation.


Visitors to the Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre are welcomed by a landscaped public plaza facing Commonwealth Avenue, as well as new landscaping along Essex and Dummer Streets. A total of 286 parking spaces are available on site, including 182 spaces in a new two-level underground parking garage and 104 spaces at ground level. The theatre is built to LEED Silver efficiency standards.


The Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre's uniquely sloped facade features distinctive finishes including aluminum composite panels, glass curtain wall and ultra-high-performance concrete. The theatre is part of BU's $50 million investment in College of Fine Arts improvements, which will also include a makeover of the nearby arts building at 855 Commonwealth Avenue. Bricked in street-level windows at 855 Commonwealth Avenue will be replaced with new glass for added transparency, and the building's historic facade will be restored. The following are renderings of the Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre:


Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre

Construction Cost $50,000,000.00
Square Feet 75,000


Stories 4
Height (feet) 91
Topping Off Date Feb 23, 2017
Completion Date Dec 07, 2017
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Dec 10, 2017

Boston University opens newly built Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre


May 23, 2017

Exterior and interior finishing underway at Boston University’s Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre


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