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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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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 NEW

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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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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78 reviews 78 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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20 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
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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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Avon, Connecticut
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

Went to see the Book of Mormons at the Bushnell last night. The performance by the touring company was quite good - we saw the Broadway production last year and of course it was better (truly wonderful!), but this group was good. The problem was in the hall itself - acoustics were not good, it seemed all the speakers were... More

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West Babylon, New York, United States
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37 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I went to a concert starring Paul Byrom. It was held in the Great Autorino Hall. It is a bright room, with floor to ceilings. The staff very nice. I attended a meet/greet sponsored by CPTV (Cpbn). Had a desssert reception, with plenty of goodies and coffee/tea. When seated in the hall, had front row seat 10 feet from Paul... More

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