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“Very nice theater with some first rate shows” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bushnell Center for Performing Arts

Bushnell Center for Performing Arts
166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06100
860-987-5900, 888-824-2874
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Ranked #8 of 44 Attractions in Hartford
Type: Theaters
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Owner description: Connecticut's leading venue for the performing arts is known for its community programs and being an important advocate of music, dance and theatrical productions.
East Hartford, Connecticut
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113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
“Very nice theater with some first rate shows”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

My family has gone here many times for shows. It is a beautiful theater and they have some great shows. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is for the size - if you are in the balcony seating, you are a good distance from the stage. The acoustics are good, but you need binoculars if you want to really see the performers expressions.

Visited October 2012
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Southington, Connecticut
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“Beautiful Venue”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

They have a good variety -- symphony, pops, Broadway Shows, lecture programs, individual artists performing, and children's programs. The Mortenson Hall is a beautiful large theatre that features the largest ceiling painting in the United States. The Belding Theatre is a smaller venue with excellent acoustics.

Visited February 2013
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Meriden, Connecticut
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“I love theater!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

I only gave this an OK rating because myself and the party I was with agreed that sitting further back it was hard to hear what was actually being said on stage. This took away from out total enjoyment.

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East Granby, Connecticut
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“Great place to see plays”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

Great place to see plays. I have seen so many great shows - Hair Spray, Phantom, Lion King, etc. without the hassle of going into New York City.

Visited December 2012
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Avon, Connecticut
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“Very Nice, but.....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Beautiful theater, Art Deco, fantastic ceiling, but a few things keep it from being great. No seating in the lobby area, although there are a few bars open before the show. My main problem is the seats. They are TOO NARROW. I am not large (5'11, 200lbs) and the seats are very tight and very close together. It makes for an uncomfortable show. I have been there dozens of times, both theaters, and it is the same problem-orchestra, mezzanine, and balcony. The only comfortable seating are the chairs in the partierre boxes.

Visited January 2013
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