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Today, Boston enjoys a modern and robust theater scene, complete with rehabbed venues such as the jewel box Opera House and the glorious Paramount. From Washington Street and up and down Tremont Street, and even over in Harvard Square, every kind of theatrical performance—from classic to experimental—is offered up to locals in vibrant productions. Newcomers are surprised to learn how Boston’s Theatre District has a survival story worthy of a stage play; its proximity to the Combat Zone—the mid-20th century, city-sanctioned red light district—turned many theaters into X-rated venues and strip clubs, which littered surrounding streets with prostitutes and drug dealers. Of course, it’s wise to pair a show with a meal at one of the best restaurants in Boston, a sweet treat at one of the best dessert spots in Boston, or a drink at one of the best bars in Boston.
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