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The Music Hall

28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Ranked #4 of 29 Attractions in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
Most recent review
- Aug 17, 2014
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Meriden, Connecticut
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We will live in Connecticut and we actually plan our frequent trips to Portsmouth around this theater's schedule. I explained this to a staff member who thought I was joking. This is one of our nation's oldest theater with pillars, scrollwork, and murals. Downstairs there's a high tech neon bar that clashes with the old decor upstairs so be prepared... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The residents of Portsmouth are so very lucky to have this gem. Whether for movies or even more special, live performances, this is a perfect venue. It's big enough to attract quality acts and yet small enough that every seat is a good seat. It rivals many of the Broadway theaters in NY in terms of quality of viewing. The... More

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Arlington, Massachusetts
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56 reviews 56 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The theatre is small enough to feel intimate even when you are sitting in the rear of the balcony. Outstanding sound on this particular night (again, even from our less-then-ideal seats) and just a great vibe overall. The lobby bar, the costumed greeters and especially the bathrooms just add to the experience. I'd rather see a show here than in... More

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Modesto, California
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We saw The Buddy Holly Story. The theatre was so impressive. It was a theatre much like some of the theatres in NYC. Very comfortable...Sound quality was great. As you enter the lobby, there were many places to sit and enjoy a drink before you went upstairs to see the show.

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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

I would go here again and again. Great venue. Small and brimming with excitement. Check out what is going on and take a risk to go. Walkable area right downtown. You can bring your drinks right into the theatre. And you get to sit right "with" the performers, the stage is that close. We saw the Grammy winning Santa Cecelia... More

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Rye, New Hampshire
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The Music Hall is a great venue to see live music or a movie. It's an old school building that has been redone; the restrooms are a little out there, but fun. The Music Hall has a great website which showcases the upcoming events....all types of music and all kinds of movies. If you're in the area and looking for... More

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I have been to the Music Hall several times for various performances. It is a great little theater and such a little gem for Portsmouth!

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New Hampshire
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21 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

A hidden theatre jewel, professional productions n within my personal budget. I can't ask for more. I go a couple times each year and never disappointed. Parking is tricky but, PPortsmouth is a walking city.

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Monte B, Public Relations Manager at The Music Hall, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your kind words! We'll see you soon. Cheers, Monte More

Libertyville, Illinois
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39 reviews 39 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

we say lyle lovett here while we were on vacation in southern maine. great old venue. comfortable. good sight lines. good acoustics. go.

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New England
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44 attraction reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This is an old theater, and they do have some great events. It is really worth attending a performance here as it's a beautifully restored theater. That being said, we waited too long to get our tickets (our fault), and the seats we ended up getting were not great as there are posts in the theater that can inhibit the... More

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