Cutler Majestic Theatre, Preliminary Study for a Theatre in Boston, undated


This architectural study demonstrates the ornate Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston, MA. It contains both a Transverse Section and Longitudinal Section, each to the scale of 1/8 = 1-0 in. Watercolor is used to depict details of the curtains, stage, and ambiance.


Descriptive Terms

one-point perspectives (perspective views)
Beaux-Arts (style)
theaters (buildings)
detail studies
perspective views

Physical Description

1 perspective; transverse and longitudinal drawing; watercolor and pencil; 18 X 25in.

Collection Code


Collection Name

General architectural and cartographic collection

Reference Code


Acquisition Type

Library & Archives Purchase

Date Notes

Theatre opened on February 16, 1903

Credit Line

Library and Archives Purchase

Record Details


Wood, James M. (Architect)
Howard, John Galen, 1864-1931 (Architect)

Material Type

detail studies
perspective views

Other People

Howard, John Galen, 1864-1931
Wood, James M.



Description Level


Historical/Biographical Note

Historical/Biographical Note

John Galen Howard (1984-1931) and James M. Wood designed the Cutler Majestic Theatre (originally the Majestic Theatre), which opened on Febuary 16, 1903 on 219 Tremont Street, Boston, MA. Howard did the general design, while Wood designed the interior. Originally opened for opera, it was converted to vaudeville in the 1920s, then to a movies-only theatre in the 1950s. It is currently owned by Emerson College, who uses it as a performance center. It was renamed the Cutler Majestic Theatre after renovation donors, Ted and Joan Benard-Cutler.