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Brooklyn Academy of Music

30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217
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Ranked #16 of 114 attractions in Brooklyn
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Operas, Educational Sites, Performances, Ballets
Description: Founded in 1859, this performing arts center is the oldest institution of its type still in operation in the United States.
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New York
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42 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We went to see a Christmas performance at BAM, "The Nutcracker Ballet". The theatre is absolutely magnificent, and the performance was flawless. BAM also hosts other types of live performances. Also in the building is a movie theater and a restaurant area. Definitely BAM is a go to place in Brooklyn for the performing arts or theater.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

BAM is easy to get to by train. The opera sounded amazing. Staff is pleasant and there are plenty of places to grab a quick bite to eat once you leave BAM!

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Brooklyn, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

BAM was there when the now trendy neighborhoods were struggling to emerge. Its graceful settings continue to host classics, cutting edge performances, myriad cultural events, and the best movie theaters around.

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Brooklyn NY
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82 reviews 82 reviews
36 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

BAM is a beautifully restored work of art. There are so many great performances from Ballet to Jazz.

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Leonia, NJ
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4 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We went for a performance of The Old Woma and sat all the way up in the Balcony. Luckily there were 2 elevators to take us up. Despite the distance from the stage, we had a good view of the performance and the acoustics were very good. The ushers were all friendly and helpful. The theatre is lovely and huge.... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Intimate atmosphere, great for this new ballet featuring 5 musicians and 5 dancers (5 sets of paired artists). Full house, which was probably about 300 in BAM Fisher. Everyone in the audience was close to the performance, acoustics were great. Easy access by the subway (about 1 long block away).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I have seen the greatest of the greats there and got my earliest cultural enrichment there. Despite a slight case of claustrophobia from selecting affordable seating in the highest, back rows - I remember each visit as a milestone of education and artistic appreciation.

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Hempstead, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Wow......what a great show at the Bam Café on Friday night. I saw the Earthman Experience and a few other great acts at this free venue on Memorial Day Friday and it was wonderful. The food and drinks were reasonably priced and good. Did not like that I had to stand on line at the bar for the food especially... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I've seen numerous shows here- dance, theater, concerts, etc. Such a great venue. Perfect size, not too overwhelming. Also in a great location. I've also been to their movie theater in the same building. It has great prices. Occasionally other events such as beer and wine festivals- always a great spot for this.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

BAM is known for its series' of modern, multi-cultural, and experimental works. Many pieces from important living composers make either their world or US debut at BAM. Check out the schedule and buy a ticket to something out there. It is a beautiful hall. Stay away from the 1st row in the balcony if you have legs.

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