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Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

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Address: 14 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA 01230-1513
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+1 413-528-0100
12:00 - 18:00
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Tue - Sat 12:00 - 18:00

The Mahaiwe Theater opened in September 1905 and is one of the oldest...

The Mahaiwe Theater opened in September 1905 and is one of the oldest surviving theaters in the country. In its early years, the theater presented touring vaudeville acts and performers such as John Philip Sousa. It was transformed into a movie palace in 1930 and has been in continuous operation for over 100 years. Celebrated for its splendid acoustics, the theatre has played an important role in the life of the area.The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center was formed in December 2002 and launched its first six-month presenting season with a Centennial Celebration in May 2005. The theater has been newly restored, with great attention to historical detail, at a cost of over $9 million. The restoration was overseen by noted architect, Hugh Hardy, with engineering and construction by skilled Berkshire craftspeople and artisans. The theater is a recipient of support from Save America’s Treasures, the historical restoration has been certified by the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the National Park Service. In addition, The Mahaiwe is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places!The Mahaiwe is now a unique year-round performing arts center presenting music, dance, theater, opera, and classic films in the southern Berkshires. The theater seats almost 700 audience members. We have brought hundreds of live events as well as classic films, and the Metropolitan Opera “Live in HD” broadcasts to the theater’s stage and screen as well as hosted dozens of performances presented by others. The Mahaiwe strives to welcome the broadest possible community into our theater on an ongoing basis.

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I have attended many wonderful events at the Mahaiwe. There is not a bad seat in the house and it is around the corner from lots of fabulous restaurants, shopping and other... read more

Reviewed 26 January 2015
Lake Forest, Illinois

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Lake Forest, Illinois
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Reviewed 26 January 2015

I have attended many wonderful events at the Mahaiwe. There is not a bad seat in the house and it is around the corner from lots of fabulous restaurants, shopping and other interesting experiences. You might want to leave a bit early for very popular events as parking can be tough sometimes.

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Reviewed 12 January 2015

The concert was so enjoyable and the musicians were extremely well trained. Excellent selection of music and a wonderful time to welcome in the New Year!

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Bristol, Connecticut
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Reviewed 23 December 2014

Just visited Great Barrington (again) and we attended an NTL HD presentation of, Of Mice & Men, which was great I can say the theater is very beautiful... historic and has the modern feel... great sound and the view is great it seems anyone in the audience can see. The only thing I know is the lack of concessions during... More 

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Housatonic, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 25 November 2014

In the heart of the Berkshires, is the Mahaiwe Theater. This beautifully restored theater is worthy of a trip unto itself. And, to sit amidst its tasteful splendor and experience local performers, is a thrill. As is seeing local friends and "family" gather together. I have recently become a lover of Opera. The MET Live HD, is a glorious gift... More 

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Monterey, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 3 November 2014

In the past month we've enjoyed an evening jazz concert (Dianne Reeves) , an evening classical music concert (Mozart from the Close Encounters with Music series )and two Saturday afternoon Met Opera in HD transmissions. Eagerly awaiting the NT live transmission of Skylight. We all can't thank Lola and Ed Jaffe enough for spearheading the creation of this wonderful community... More 

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Morden, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 October 2014

The Mahaiwe has comfortable seats and most have excellent visibility. The theatre is a nice size--not too big and not too small and the staff are friendly and efficient. The shows and performances we have seen there have all been excellent.

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Lee, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 15 September 2014

A great venue to see a concert. The seating is great and the restored theatre is absolutely divine. Great Barrnigton is lucky to have such a wonderful venue which entertains us year round.

Thank DeclanS
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Reviewed 3 September 2014

Nice old theater in downtown Great Barrington. The theater itself does not offer parking, but there are several parking lots within walking distance.

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Clearwater, Florida
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Reviewed 27 August 2014

This is one of the nicest venues in Berkshire County. It is intimate and gives a good view of the stage from all seats. It is a great place to see a concert, play or to view an old movie. They are doing an excellent job of providing all sorts of entertainment and holding on to the feel of the... More 

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Albany, New York
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

I have driven thru Great Barrington many times and never knew that down the side street of Castle Street was this great old theatre. Very small and well restored, it was a treat to see the Four Tops Sunday night. The locals are very proud of the Mahaiwe and give it great support, we will be back again soon. There... More 

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