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Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe
In the wake of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire in 1942, Steinert Hall became subject to stricter fire codes and eventually fell to the wayside.
For decades before closing its doors to the public 70 years ago, the subterranean theater was a crown jewel in the city’s performing-arts firmament.
The theater, called "an acoustic marvel" by one musician, was constructed a century ago deep beneath Boylston Street.
M. Steinert & Sons, the piano dealer that owns the building, discourages most inquiries about seeing the hall, citing safety concerns.
Building manager Colman McDonagh used a cellphone to try to find the date of a mural painted inside the entrance.
Boston Conservatory pianist Michael Lewin would like to see Steinert Hall's resurrection.
"The bones of a great recital hall are still there, still fantastic. The question is, how do you salvage it?"
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