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Bardavon Opera House

35 Market Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
845-473-2072
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Ranked #6 of 14 attractions in Poughkeepsie
Type: Theaters
Description: New York State's longest continually-running theater.
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New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

The Bardovan was a wonderful venue for a memorial concert for Pete and Toshi Seeger. Hosted by their grandson, the evening mixed entertainment with remembrance. The sound was wonderful and the seats were comfortable. Only rub was that the concert started late, and the crowd was stuck in line outside in the hot sun for about 45 minutes.

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Attended a comedy show with Paula Poundstone, which was hilarious by the way though this is not her review, and found a beautifully restored theater. I attended many movies there as a child prior to its restoration and it was sorely in need of fixing then but served its purpose as a movie theater in the 60's. We sat in... More

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Fishkill, New York
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Classy, classic, beautiful. Ballets, plays, operas, concerts. Some big names have appeared here, and well as lesser knows. A treat.

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

I saw a couple of performances there - and both times I was in the balcony and could see and hear perfectly. It's a wonderful old theater with ceiling paintings and wall sconces. Lots of atmosphere and great acoustics.

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

the Bardavon renewal is great and the size is really good. You can get connected to the stage since you are never far away. Theathers in NYC and Sarasota FL can have you sitting in nose-bleed seats.

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NYC
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Saw comedian John Pinette and had a great time. Try not to get too far toward the back however. The theater is beautiful, the sound was great, but it was a bit far to see him on the stage from row 2 in the upper mezz.

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Beverly, Massachusetts
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

From the old days in the 50's as a young child seeing Movies to the refurbished 900+ seat theater today hosting some of the best concerts in the world and operas. At 64 yrs young I truly appreciate Chris Silva, dutchess cty and all of us who have contributed to the oldest theater in NY State. I am proud to... More

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Albany, New York
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71 reviews 71 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

The Bardavon is a charming, old, restored theater with decent elbow room; it's not cramped like other old theaters (i.e., Tarrytown Music Hall), and I enjoy seeing shows (stand-up comedy, music, classic movies, opera) as I do at the charming, old Palace Theater in Albany. Small enough to seat an intimate audience, but big enough for an adequate draw. Courteous... More

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Arlington, NY
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

The Bardavon has had several iterations of its life. It is a piece of Poughkeepsie nostalgia and a landmark. Many buildings near and around it have been torn down, etc. The way it is now, is a throwback to an era when life was slower, people talked to each other, and the theatre was their only entertainment. Some of the... More

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Kingston, New York
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34 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

The Bardavon is a movie house I went to as a kid to see the 007 James Bond and other movies from that time. It has evolved into a beautiful concert hall as well.

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