Steinert Hall: The Secret Antique Symphonic Theater Hidden Under A Piano Shop

By | September 28, 2019

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Although 70 years of neglect have left the Steinert Hall in shambles, its once former glory is apparent. Source: (

Cue The Phantom of the Opera: This is the story of a real-life hidden concert hall, tucked deep underground and forgotten beneath the bustling street above. But this secret symphonic stage is closer than the catacombs of Paris. It is, in fact, one of the well-guarded secrets of Boston. Let's journey back through time and down about 40 feet to rediscover the splendor of the Steinert Hall, Boston's own subterranean music venue.

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Alexander Steinert thought of an ambitious way to bring customers into the family’s piano store. Source: (

An Unassuming Piano Store

Steinert Hall can only be accessed through a nondescript storefront on Boylston Street in Boston. That is the home of M.S. Steinert & Sons, a piano store that was founded in 1860 by an immigrant from Bavaria named Morris Steinert who had come to Boston via Ellis Island a decade earlier with his two eldest sons. The original store was moved to its present location on Boylston Street in 1896 when Steinert's second-oldest son, Alexander, worked with architects to build a six-story brick and limestone building. That wasn't the end of Alexander Steinert's building projects.