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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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Description: 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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
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Cusco, Peru
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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 

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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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York, Maine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

My husband and I stopped in the see the Midtown Men. This was a fantastic show, and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The employees are super friendly, and very helpful. I would give them 5 stars, but there is something I feel needs mentioning. My husband is 6'6", and he was very uncomfotable. The gentleman next to me was a bit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Thank goodness for the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center. They have superb offerings all year long. As permanent residents we are grateful for the HDTV opera offerings. We have been subscribers for years. The Saturday afternoon performances make the endless snowy and cold winter days go by faster. The same goes for the London theater TV performances. Most are really special.... More 

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Mansfield Center, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

I have attended many wonderful events at the Mahaiwe. There is not a bad seat in the house and it is around the corner from lots of fabulous restaurants, shopping and other interesting experiences. You might want to leave a bit early for very popular events as parking can be tough sometimes.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The concert was so enjoyable and the musicians were extremely well trained. Excellent selection of music and a wonderful time to welcome in the New Year!

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Bristol, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Just visited Great Barrington (again) and we attended an NTL HD presentation of, Of Mice & Men, which was great I can say the theater is very beautiful... historic and has the modern feel... great sound and the view is great it seems anyone in the audience can see. The only thing I know is the lack of concessions during... More 

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Housatonic, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 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 stars Reviewed November 3, 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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Additional Information about Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

Address: 14 Castle St, Great Barrington, MA 01230
Phone Number: 413-528-0100
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Berkshires  >  Great Barrington
Open Hours:
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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