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Music

Steinert Hall, out of use and far from sight

One musician who has visited the underground concert hall likens it to the setting of “Phantom of the Opera.” Another calls it “an acoustic marvel” that, if not a secret to virtually all Bostonians, remains a buried cultural treasure seldom seen and rarely talked about.

Steinert Hall, a state-of-the-art theater when it was constructed a century ago deep beneath Boylston Street, once attracted some of the world’s finest classical musicians. Long shuttered, it remains largely out of public sight, a ghost figure on the cultural landscape.

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