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Feels like it hasn't changed in 20 years

Recently went back for the first time in 20 years and feels like nothing has changed since then... read more

Reviewed 12 November 2017
volkswagendriver
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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
old fashioned theater but great shows

We have been to the Barrymore several times. Both times we saw amazing progressive shows... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2017
fern58
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madison, wisconsin
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19 Jun 2018
“Barrymore needs to up its game”
4 Jun 2018
“A Disappointment ”
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Popular entertainment venue for live concerts and performances throughout the year.
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2090 Atwood Ave, Madison, WI 53704-5354
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

I love the Barrymore. Its a great place that have booked some of my favorite bands. However, it needs to up its game to get me back. The sound system is HORRIBLE. I can't even understand the lyrics to the songs from a band I...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Sean M
Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

I had heard about the Barrymore and it’s wonderful acts for years and finally had a chance to go. My eager anticipation gradually led to disappointment as the night went on. You have to search for parking throughout the neighborhood. There is a very small...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank MadCitySusie
Reviewed 21 November 2017

I imagine the Barrymore was fantastic at one time, but it felt like it needs some updating.... from the lobby to the seating, concessions, bathrooms, and everything else. For those males over 6'3", you will need to duck while using the bathroom. Make sure you...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

Recently went back for the first time in 20 years and feels like nothing has changed since then, not sure if that's a good or bad thing though. I do like the fact there are seats for concerts so you're not standing all the while...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank volkswagendriver
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We have been to the Barrymore several times. Both times we saw amazing progressive shows: Stephanie Miller and Tig Notaro. Friendly interesting crowds. Can eat/drink in theater. Sound system was great and wonderful feeling of intimacy with performers. I look forward to another great show.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank fern58
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

I have always enjoyed the acts I've seen at the Barrymore but the facility is in rough shape. The seats and general condition of the theatre itself is sad. Very musty and in disrepair. Needs some work!

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank CHanson123
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I'm all for history & nostalgia. However, there is a difference between that & old and run down. This theater unfortunately is the later. We've gone to the Fly Fishing Film Tour here for the last 4 years. Have seen the place do nothing but...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank roxanee608
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

I have seen a great many bands at the Barrymore. It looks pretty much the same as it always has. That is good and bad. You know what you are getting in the building (Usually good acoustics. Beer flows freely) but seats are in terrible...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank Tommy M
Reviewed 1 January 2017

On New Years Eve we attended the matinee show of Guys On Ice. We arrived about 1:30 and parked acrossed the street in a business parking lot. Their is not a lot of parking in this area so be prepared to look a little, but...More

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Wisconsinbiker
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Came to town to see a comedy show. She was excellent! Enjoyed the classic charm of this place. We were glad we did the VIP seating.

Date of experience: November 2016
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