Steinert Hall, out of use and far from sight ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page 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. Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe The theater, called "an acoustic marvel" by one musician, was constructed a century ago deep beneath Boylston Street. Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe M. Steinert & Sons, the piano dealer that owns the building, discourages most inquiries about seeing the hall, citing safety concerns. Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe Building manager Colman McDonagh used a cellphone to try to find the date of a mural painted inside the entrance. Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe Boston Conservatory pianist Michael Lewin would like to see Steinert Hall's resurrection. Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe "The bones of a great recital hall are still there, still fantastic. The question is, how do you salvage it?"