Mayor Stephanie M. Burke is excited to announce that Bill Blumenreich Presents, Inc. (BBP) has been selected to manage the city-owned Chevalier Theatre in Medford. For nearly 10 years, BBP has operated the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, progressively enhancing the venue’s national profile by booking hundreds of shows each year featuring live music, comedians, and speakers. BBP owner, Bill Blumenreich, has over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry and has worked with a diverse array of performers including musician Rod Stewart, comedian Tracey Morgan, and speakers such Joe Biden, scheduled to visit the Wilbur in January.
Two candidates submitted proposals in response to the City’s RFP released in April of 2017. The purpose stated in the RFP was to secure an entity to effectively manage, operate, maintain, and make improvements to the 1,800-seat Chevalier Theatre, programming regular quality events and performances attracting a wide audience. Proposers were thoroughly vetted by an evaluation committee consisting of Chevalier Theatre Commissioners John Costas, Mike Oliver, and John Veneziano; as well as Allie Fiske, Business & Cultural Liaison in the Mayor’s Office; Ann Marie Irwin, City Treasurer; and City Solicitor Mark Rumley.
“We are excited to welcome Bill Blumenreich to the City of Medford as the new manager of the Chevalier Theatre,” said Mayor Burke. “Bill has a tremendous amount of experience, and it’s clear from his revitalization of the Wilbur Theatre in Boston that he will draw a local and regional audience to enjoy not just the Chevalier Theatre but the many restaurants and businesses in Medford Square. We look forward to partnering with him in preserving and enlivening one of Medford’s greatest gems.”
The contract with BBP will span 5 years. In that time, the company plans to make various improvements to the theatre. Projects will include improving seating sight-lines, installing a state-of-the-art sound and lighting system, and enhancing the overall internal look of the theatre.
“I’m very thrilled for this opportunity to operate the Chevalier Theatre,” said Blumenreich. “Entertainment action has moved from Boston, to Cambridge, to Somerville – now Medford will be the newest hotspot. My team, in partnership with Mayor Burke, intends to bring in the biggest and brightest in entertainment for all of greater Boston to see.”
The Chevalier Theatre, located at 30 Forest St., was built in 1939 as part of the Medford High School complex as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) Project. In 1940, the theatre was dedicated to Godfrey Chevalier, a resident of Medford who attended Medford High School and who distinguished himself in World War I as a naval hero and aviation pioneer. The Chevalier Theatre Commission – a City entity – was formed in 1980 to revitalize the theatre after a fire destroyed the high school in 1965 and damaged the theatre.
“We want to thank the Chevalier Theatre Commission for everything they have done over the last 40 years to revitalize, preserve, and program events at the theatre,” said Mayor Burke. “The Commission will continue to play an important role in the ongoing care and preservation of the theatre, while BBP works to raise Chevalier’s profile as an important, thriving theater in the Greater Boston area.”