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“The Mahaiwe: classic venue that has been beautifully restored”

Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
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Owner description: The Mahaiwe Theater opened in September 1905 and is one of the oldest surviving theaters in the country. In its early years, the theater presented touring vaudeville acts and performers such as John Philip Sousa. It was transformed into a movie palace in 1930 and has been in continuous operation for over 100 years. Celebrated for its splendid acoustics, the theatre has played an important role in the life of the area.The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center was formed in December 2002 and launched its first six-month presenting season with a Centennial Celebration in May 2005. The theater has been newly restored, with great attention to historical detail, at a cost of over $9 million. The restoration was overseen by noted architect, Hugh Hardy, with engineering and construction by skilled Berkshire craftspeople and artisans. The theater is a recipient of support from Save America’s Treasures, the historical restoration has been certified by the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the National Park Service. In addition, The Mahaiwe is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places!The Mahaiwe is now a unique year-round performing arts center presenting music, dance, theater, opera, and classic films in the southern Berkshires. The theater seats almost 700 audience members. We have brought hundreds of live events as well as classic films, and the Metropolitan Opera “Live in HD” broadcasts to the theater’s stage and screen as well as hosted dozens of performances presented by others. The Mahaiwe strives to welcome the broadest possible community into our theater on an ongoing basis.
Reviewed August 7, 2012

The Mahaiwe is an intimate theater with great sightlines, comfortable seats, wonderful acoustics, and friendly and professional employees and volunteers. We have seen Barbara Cook perform there twice, and we were privileged to clearly hear her pure voice without amplification (sung as encores).

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Reviewed June 15, 2012

I liked this small renovated historic theater. The staff was friendly and professional, and the show was excellent.

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Reviewed June 4, 2012

Lovely theatre, well run, well kept, and what else would it be with Lola Jaffe and Beryl Jolly at the helm?

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Reviewed May 11, 2012

This is a masterpiece of a theater. Renovated old Burlesque palace (check out the historic photos and stories in the basement). The theater offers everything from real Opera to popular bands and any other style of live performance you could imagine. Keep an eye on their website and be surprised. As of the time of this review they are running the MET's four Ring Cycle productions on video projection. It would be hard to find a bad seat as the theater is small enough to offer an intimate feel.

Thank Ted S
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Reviewed April 20, 2012

Watched a HD performance of The Magic Flute in December, 2011. We sat in the balcony and had a great view of the screen, but the heat was turned up too high and it was extremely warm up there. Other than that, we had a great time, and the theatre is very nice.

Thank TheMamaK
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