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Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

14 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA 01230
413-528-0100
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Type: Theaters
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... more » 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. « less
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Great Barrington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This renovated theater seating about 700 people showcases a great variety of entertaiment is a wonderful space. The staff is always helpful and personable. I am lucky to have this only 10 minutes from home, but since this is a tourist area, many weekenders enjoy the theater as well.. something for everyone.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We are delighted with the wonderful renovation of the Mahaiwe, but are almost always disappointed with the lack of programming - any programming - on many weekends. A perfect example is the upcoming long weekend of January 18, 19, and 20th, 2014 (Martin Luther King weekend). According to the Mahaiwe's website, there is one event planned that entire weekend, a... More

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Great Barrington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

It has been several years since the Mahaiwe theater had a huge renovation restoring some of the beautiful decor from a bygone era. The seats used to be uncomfortable but are now great and the theater is small enough that there are really no bad seats for viewing the stage. The quality of the acts has also improved with a... More

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Sheffield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

I rarely have time to reserve way ahead, which is something I recommend when The Mahaiwe has almost any well-known performer or Met Opera Series in High Definition. That said, I arrived at last minute and picked up a ticket to hear Natalie Merchant: what a treat, even though the A/C failed mid-show. The acoustics are excellent, seats OK, decor... More

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boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

great sound, lovely restored theater. Bathrooms were clean and the restaurant next door was fabulous.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Top performers, simulcasts from the Metropolitan Opera House, a mix of classical and popular performances.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

Its size is appropriate for this opera in contrast to cavernous halls with little intimacy. The sound was very good. Parking is a little challenge.

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Hollywood, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

The place is charming and has an eclectic calendar. The seats are not comfortable. Yet the entertainment brings you back. Buying tickets on their website is not simple. The staff is very helpful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2013

We saw an opera at the Mahaiwe and loved the experience. The décor is wonderful and appears to have been refurbished. It felt like a special occasion to sit in this opulent, but not over-the-top, theater. Best of all, the acoustics were excellent; we could hear every word and every note of this Boston Early Music Festival production of Handel... More

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

A theater sinking into disrepair is resurrected into a community-sponsored venue for the arts. A painstaking restoration with outstanding programming.

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