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Review of Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
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Owner description: 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.
Great Barrington, MA
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“Mixed bag”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2012

Most events are expensive but the live broadcasts of opera and theater are affordable. Beautiful old theater.

Visited September 2011
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Hillsdale, New York
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“Beautiful old theater with great programming”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2012

The Mahaiwe is an historic theater built in 1905, with proscenium, wings, box seats, balcony, etc. It was beautifully restored about 6 years ago. Music, dance, theater, opera and classic movies are presented. I saw a holiday showing of "It's a Wonderful Life" just before Christmas, and in keeping with the season, and the theme of the movie it was free! Performers ranging from Lyle Lovette to Mavis Staples to the Blind Boys of Alabama and the Metropolitan Opera "Live in HD" are just a sampling.

Visited December 2011
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Haddonfield, New Jersey
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9 reviews
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“Early Holiday treat”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2011

Saw the Moscow Ballet perform The Nutcracker. Small production, but lots of fun. Theater is a gem, but it was very hot.

Visited November 2011
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Yonkers, New York
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18 reviews
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“Gem of a theater”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2011

This wonderful venue offers everything from classic films to live performances.

Visited October 2011
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