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Bushnell Center for Performing Arts

166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06100
860-987-5900, 888-824-2874
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Ranked #9 of 44 Attractions in Hartford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
Traveler Description: The Bushnell theatre is Hartford's premier theatre destination. Many traveling productions of popular Broadway shows stop in Hartford. Some shows... more »
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Los Angeles, CA
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70 reviews 70 reviews
22 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

After having toured the Old State House where we learned a lot about the History of Hartford and Connecticut it was very cool to see and be able to pay respects to some of the key figures we had learned about earlier. We weren't there at the right time for a tour which I'm sure would have made us appreciate... More

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south windsor, ct
19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I've been to several shows at the Bushnell recently, and it's always exciting to go into the 'city' at night and see a play, musical or a concert. It's smaller than the major Broadway theaters, so you have a good chance of getting a seat with a good view instead of sitting a mile away! The parking is very easy... More

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Newton, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I attended a conference at the Bushnell and there were breakout sessions in the two theaters and then in a meeting room on the top floor. It was a lovely venue with great acoustics. Staff was attentive and friendly.

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121 reviews 121 reviews
34 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I recently attended a concert at the Bushnell and it was a really nice venue. We saw virtuoso guitarist Joe Bonamassa perform and it was an amazing show. The Bushnell was charming, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. My girlfriend got her wine and I got my Jack Daniels in the upstairs lounge and we settled into our seats in the front... More

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Stratford, Connecticut, United States
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80 reviews 80 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We were in the theater section of the Center - mezzanine. Love the ambience - art deco with some updates. Comfy seats, pleasant ushers, with good attitudes (all volunteers). Free parking across the street for events (welcome!). First time there (we live closer to New Haven and New York), won't be our last.

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Westchester County, New York
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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We got tickets to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert called Playing with Food. The Bushnell is impressive. The seats were comfortable. The painted ceiling is interesting and there is a huge Chihuly chandelier in an adjoining room. We got seats in the fifth row about 10 seats from the right wall. The acoustics were very good. Carolyn Kuan is a... More

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Concord, New Hampshire
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63 reviews 63 reviews
34 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

My wife and I went here to see the Book of Mormon a couple of weeks ago. We went hear instead of to one of the shows in Boston because it was only an hour's further drive from our home in NH and the tickets were half the price. Our show was packed but I didn't feel like we were... More

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Simsbury, CT
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52 reviews 52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Bushnell, as it is called by us natives, has two halls; the larger hall is the original performance venue with interesting design (just look up and see airplanes on the ceiling), including a large and beautiful sounding built-in organ which we hear too infrequently. The smaller hall is relatively new and boasts wonderful accoustics, enhancing the sound of our... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Beautiful building. We were there with our 2 grown sons and their ladies. We were seated - better description - stuffed into the balcony. The seats are nice but not suited for anyone that isn't slim. We could hear most of the dialogue but were too far away to see the players facial expressions and we missed some laugh lines.... More

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Terryville, Connecticut
11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The acoustics at the Bushnell are superb. I heard Yo-yo ma, Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo and Emmanuel Ax play Brahms piano quartet no. 1 there and it was breathtaking. The hall resonated beautifully with Ma's cello. Best venue for this type of performance imaginable except for possibly the Pabst in Milwaukee. I have heard symphonies, operas, and Carol King from... More

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