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Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

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Address: 14 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA 01230
Phone Number: 413-528-0100
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12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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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An absolute treasure

I'm a part time resident of Great Barrington, and I love it when they have something going on that I want to attend. I think it seats fewer than 700, and they book some wonderful... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
New York City, New York
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Hillsdale, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The heat in the balcony was unbearable by the middle of the first act, even though I was not overdressed. Although some people stood, this was not an option for me. I heard three people complain about the heat. We left at Intermission, reluctantly, because I was not well enough to tolerate it. We would love to have seen the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm a part time resident of Great Barrington, and I love it when they have something going on that I want to attend. I think it seats fewer than 700, and they book some wonderful performers. I would suggest if you're coming from out of town get to GB early because parking can be VERY challenging within walking distance of... More 

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

We are so lucky in Great Barrington that this old theater was lovingly restored and is now home to a vibrant selection of fine arts. The theater hosts opera performances in HD from the Met and Europe, live musical performances, and movies. Even movies like "Casablanca", which we have seen over and over again on TV are a totally different... More 

Thank wywyno
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

I went to The Mahaiwe on August 23rd to see An Evening with Kenny Aronoff. I was struck by the beauty of the theater and the sound quality was excellent. It was a very special concert where the artist spoke to the audience in between performing his music, telling stories about various rock stars he'd worked with throughout his career.... More 

Thank Mitzi J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Lots of worldclass acts stop here -- John Pizzarelli, Eric Burdon, Graham Nash, to name a few! It's a charming old theater with a lovely interior.

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Hartsdale, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

Watching Graham Nash from the 4 row in the balcony! The whole venue is great, small and acoustically excellent!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Have been to many events over the years including political debates, ballet, concerts (most recent being Don McLean), live HD Opera from New York Metro and movies. A wonderful gem of a theatre in the heart of Great Barrington. The acoustics are fantastic for music and the screen is big so that the HD opera is like being right there.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

When I went to high school in Great Barrington, I got to perform at this venue with my high school band. It's very classy and very clean. I've also been to film screenings here: The Wizard of Oz, Nosferatu, Casablanca. They run a very nice establishment and get quality groups to perform, like Kevin Bacon (The Bacon Brothers) and They... More 

Thank Joseph H
Castleton On Hudson, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

Even though I live about 50 minutes away, I always love coming her for a concert. it's easy to find, lots of nearby parking,and the venue itself has great acoustics, Food sightlines from anywhere and plenty of bathrooms! A lovely interior as well. We have sat downstairs as well as up in the balcony. the only thing it needs is... More 

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Sharon, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We recently saw a memorable performance at the Mahaiwe and enjoyed it immensely, thanks not only to the excellent production but also to the excellent customer service. Before we ordered our tickets for the show (first row of the mezzanine), we called the box office, and someone on the staff volunteered -- without our asking -- to go upstairs and... More 

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