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Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

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Address: 14 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA 01230-1513
Phone Number: +1 413-528-0100
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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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In the HEART of the Berkshries.

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 November 2014
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Housatonic, Massachusetts
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Housatonic, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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.

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Magdeburg
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4 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

I don't know what me so long to get to this venue, but I sure am glad I finally made it! What a beautiful little theater! It is very small and intimate; smaller than the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie. That is a good thing because it makes all seats good seats. The seats were comfortable enough and there is a wide... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

Our first time to this venue and would definitely be back. We attended a free children's event introducing kids to silent movies and live vaudeville theater. The show by circustheatrics.com was wonderful. The main actor had the most wonderful personality and was great with the kids. After the show, the kids were able to learn some of the tricks, such... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2014

It was great. The theater has recently been renovated, all the seating gives a good view of the stage, and the offerings are excellent.

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