Bardavon Opera House

Bardavon Opera House, Poughkeepsie: Hours, Address, Bardavon Opera House Reviews: 4.5/5

Bardavon Opera House
4.5
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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New York State's longest continually-running theater.
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wildsparrow
New Haven, CT25 contributions
Feb 2013 • Solo
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.
Written December 14, 2013
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Tanya_and_Brad
Rhinebeck, NY103 contributions
This is a beautiful opera house, newly renovated . I saw the Nutcracker here,last Christmas. Not a bad seat in the house, since the building is small, with a very intimate feel.
Written December 30, 2012
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Gypsgris
Poughkeepsie, NY469 contributions
May 2018 • Friends
This old opera house is very well worth a visit to get a sense of a part of the history of the Hudson Valley. After all, this place has been around since the mid 1800's. Saved from destruction it has been lovingly restored. And it has great acoustics. I mostly go to the live performances of symphonic music by the HVP, a regional professional orchestra of high quality or to the Met's Opera in HD simulcasts from NYC. But they have such a varied program from rock to stand-up to international attractions. There is something for everyone. Try it out! You will like it.
Written June 20, 2018
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GBlue
Albany, NY355 contributions
Apr 2013 • Friends
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 staff are there to assist you to your seat, and a snack/drink bar to boot. Good variety of shows (they offer children's shows also, which I think is a great way to introduce kids to drama), and the option to be a member to get advanced tickets for some events. Not a bad deal at all! I hope this place can stay open forever...frankly, it's a Poughkeepsie monument.
Written May 14, 2013
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JVCNP
Dunedin, FL42 contributions
Feb 2013 • Couples
Great view of the stage from any seat and wonderful acoustics.
Recently saw "Capitol Steps" - hilarious and irreverent commentary on US politics!
Written February 28, 2013
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pgo120
Hadley, MA70 contributions
Dec 2012 • Friends
Landmark historical theatre. Excellent acoustics. Nice seating and overall decor. We had gone to see John Waters and this was a great venue in which to see him and his Christmas show.....very funny and excellent venue
Written December 9, 2012
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Pryst
Staatsburg, NY283 contributions
The Bardavon Opera House in Poughkeepsie, NY was originally called the Collingwood, after its owner, and was built in 1869. It has hosted many notable names throughout its history and, today, continues to do so. Walking into the lobby is to experience the past palpably and the staff go out of their way to enhance that feeling with their polite manner and professional demeanor. The stairways winding up to the balcony, especially, give one the impression of going back in time to another age, perhaps the Gilded Age, to enjoy an evening's entertainment. Even so, the venue is certainly no artifact. The acoustics in the Bardavon are excellent, the seats comfortable, and I don't believe there is a bad seat in the house for viewing the stage. When I was young the Bardavon was a movie theater and I enjoyed films shown there more than anywhere else because of the amazing sound and the ability to see the screen clearly from any seat in the house. In recent times I've experienced the same great time going to concerts there. Bob Dylan even rented the Bardavon a few years ago to rehearse in precisely because the house has such great acoustics. Very enjoyable venue and highly recommended. Parking is available across the street by the Dutchess County Office Building or behind the Bardavon in a municipal lot. Street parking is also available but severely limited. Handicapped accessible.
Written September 10, 2012
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40n75w
Bucks County, PA174 contributions
Jun 2018 • Couples
It's always a treat to find an old venue restored to its previous glory. Some examples are the many old Union Railway Stations (Pittsburgh, St. Louis) and theaters and opera houses (Louisville's Savoy, Knoxville's Opera, Ambler, PA's Movie). While not quite as glamorous as some others, the Bardavon is certainly elegant and the marquis is wonderfully old-timey. The interior is refined and very comfortable.

So, with an evening to fill on our Hudson Valley excursion, I went on-line to seek out an interesting event. The Bardavon website advertised what appeared to be a dance review of classic musical movie scores. Great... we like that sort of thing. We settled in our seats and after an initial professional vocal performance, what followed was what we quickly realized was a recital by a local dance studio. It then dawned on us that we were surrounded exclusively by adoring parents and families wildly cheering on their budding ballerinas ranging from teenagers to toddlers with diapers under their tutus. Having experienced this 40 years ago as parents, we managed not to laugh out loud at the irony until we bailed during the intermission.

Note to Bardavon: get a new webmaster!
Written June 13, 2018
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Kate L
Montclair, NJ42 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
We were here the other night for a benefit concert and had a wonderful experience! We loved learning about the history of the building and the performers who have graced its stage (i.e. Buffalo Bill). We loved the intimacy of the space and the sound quality. We are grateful to everyone who have worked to keep this gem in operation. It is worth a visit!
Written November 14, 2017
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Gigigogo1
Poughkeepsie, NY61 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
I go here quite frequently. Its a wonderful place to hear live music. Not too big every seat is a good one compared to huge halls in NYC.
I usually go for rock, blues or Jazz shows. However they also have shows for children, opera, etc. Good old time movies occasionally on weekends. You can also become a member, which gets you early tickets before available to public as well discounted prices..
They have a cocktail bar and a coffee bar with cakes and cookies as well.
Written November 9, 2017
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  • Tue - Fri 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM