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The Music Hall

Address: 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone Number: 603-436-2400
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Ranked #4 of 29 Activities in Portsmouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Theater & Concerts
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Type: Theaters, Theater & Concerts

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New Hampshire
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I vowed I would not return to the Portsmouth Music Hall, but I just could not resist the opportunity to see Comics for K9's back in October of 2014. The show was amazing. Our experience was a better one this time. However I will say that I would only choose to go here based on how badly I want to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We're "regulars" at the Music Hall - both the big theater and The Loft. Each is a great choice for music: good sight lines, excellent acoustics, etc. Movies in the big theater are a bit archaic (sound especially) but it's fun to see art films with other interested viewers. Oh, and the bathrooms at the Music Hall are worth a... More 

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Newburyport, Massachusetts
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23 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Quaint old charm engulfs you, upon your entrance into the hall. It's visually appealing with a small footprint so you feel like you're with friends witnessing a performance. We saw "The Mavericks" for the second time in a year (in Concord, NH earlier in the year) who originally started music now defined as Americana in the early 90's. The staff... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014 via mobile

I love the Music Hall. I am actually somewhere in the picture on the front page with Chris Botti. We just saw George Benson there and I am taking my wife to see Diana Krall in the spring (shhhhh - don't tell - it is a surprise. There are some seats that have a partially blocked view but otherwise one... More 

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long island
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43 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We saw Mirah at the Music Loft on September 26th. Nice, intimate theatre with surprisingly good acoustics. Most guests were casually dressed and the feeling was that many were familiar with Mirah and the theatre itself. We were not. We live close to Manhattan and are all too familiar with large theaters and high prices. This was a bargain. Good... More 

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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 about the Loft and the Mirah performance. I'm glad you had a pleasant experience. Hope to see you again soon. Cheers! More 

Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Very very very nice place but way to expensive for the average Joe. Old movies on the big screen are wonderful. Miss the Civic Theatre :)

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We've visited the Music Hall several times, both for shows and for NH Film Festival events. Every visit was great. The exterior and lobby harken back to a more elegant era, though we felt perfectly comfortable in casual clothes. Seating is consistently good (and comfortable) throughout the hall, and the snack bar provides both old favorites and surprising cafe-type snacks...... More 

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Wells, Maine
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Great show in a great little, classic theater. Lounge before the show was very comfortable, staff was great, seats were comfortable, sound awesome. Great theater.

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Haverhill, MA
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51 reviews 51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

I know this was an exception to have a 85 degree nite in September, but this Hall was quite warm. We saw Lewis Black and I think he wasn't feeling too good with the heat and all. The Hall is very nice, although the seating is old, even the obstructive view seats are nice, the columns are quite small (unlike... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

So disappointed that the performance we wanted to see was ruined by inaudible sound and non-functional air conditioning. In brief, it became obvious in the pre-performance announcements that the sound system was not working in our section of the audience. I immediately let the usher and house manager know, and a bit later told the ticket office even more emphatically.... More 

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