In 1780 became Congregational, and then Unitarian. From 1803-1842, he pulpit of William Ellery Channing, the great Unitarian preacher.
Located on Hanover Street and Richmond, and, according to Mary Cayton in Emerson's Emergence known simply as "Old North" in the early 1800s.
It was from 1664-1723, the pastorate of Increase Mather, Joined by Cotton Mather from 1685, and succeeded by him in 1723.
Used as a meeting place for nullifiers on 7/4/31.
In its previous life as a theater ("theatre" in most Jackson Era writings), it kept changing hands (e.g. Jan 1832); sometimes producing actual theater; other times circus-like or vaudeville-like acts. Its location may have kept it from the relative respectability of Park Theater.
Part of a dream by Fanny Wright and Robert Dale Owen of such an establishment in every town, and "correspondence committees" between the towns, involved in projects like setting up boarding schools to better educate youth and relieve parents of the job. Served as a base for Owen and Wright; offices, printing offices for the Free Enquirer, a book store selling largely anti-religious works, across the street from the "Bible repository".
The bookstore claimed to reach sales of $2,000/year. "Speeches and debates every Sunday and sometimes during the week"; admission ten cents; drew large crowds, it sounds like. (p191-194, Eckhardt,Fanny Wright)