History

This fall we will debut a collection of memorabilia from our 30 years of history here in Somerville to be displayed in our lobby and online in a new section of our website.

1985 – Boston Baked Theatre (BBT) seeks to build a performance theater in Boston and with Mayor Brune’s encouragement they lease space in the former Gorin Department Store basement at 255 Elm Street.

1987 – BBT open

1993 – BBT closes

1993 – Various groups operate the theater

2002 – Jimmy Tingle open’s Jimmy Tingle’s Off Broadway, producing his own shows in the theater.

2007 – Jimmy Tingle’s Off Broadway closes

2010 – Ken Kelly leases the theater and construction begins for Foundry on Elm while the theater is dark

2011 – Saloon is built and opens next door to the theater

2012 – The theater reopens as The Davis Square Theatre under Gabrielle Kuttner’s direction

2016 – The theater rebrands as The Rockwell under Damon Leibert’s direction


Talent that has graced our stage:

Comedy:

Jimmy Tingle
Marc Maron
Frank Santorelli
Gad Elmaleh
Jonathan Katz
Lewis Black
Janeane Garofalo
Julie Goldman
Myq Kaplan
Mort Sahl

Music:

Don White
John Gorka
Chris Trapper
Catie Curtis
Johnny Cunningham
Ramblin’ Jack Elliot
Micheal Hurley
Justin Furstenfeld (Blue October)
Karen Casey
Five for Fighting
John Doyle
Peter Rowan
Sarah Lee Huthrie & Johnny Irion
Guy Davis

Theater:

Coming soon…