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“Beautiful old theater”

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 December 3, 2012

Renovated in a way that truly brings back the elegance of yesterday's entertainment venues. Some really great shows happen here. Just last night it was "The Temptations" lve. Berkshire Playwrights Lab stages free readings of new plays here in the summer with some great actors.

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Reviewed November 6, 2012

This was my first visit to the Mahaiwe since the mid-1960s. The restoration is wonderful. It took a concert by blues man Keb Mo and his band to entice me back. He rocked the house! Even the balcony where I was seated had a terrific view of the performers. My one complaint would be the seating of late patrons who kept walking in front of me.

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Reviewed September 10, 2012

This landmark is deservedly a source of local pride. Recently renovated, the theater is a nice size—neither too big nor too small—and has a sense of intimacy. Contributing to the vibrant spirit of the place is that local residents serve as ushers and the lower level has an exhibit on the theater’s history.

We tried to buy front-row, side-section seats online but because that would leave a single seat in a row of three, the system wouldn’t allow the purchase. Instead I phoned and was assisted by very helpful and friendly staff, who helped me buy the tickets (if you have the same experience, online be sure to call). It was great to see the performers up close from the front row. If you’re sensitive to sound, you might wish to select seats further back and/or more centrally located. We were near a large speaker and depending on the performer, the sound could be too loud for some ears.

Before the show we enjoyed a lovely, relaxed dinner next door at the Castle Street Café. The concert itself (Judy Collins) was terrific!

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Reviewed September 4, 2012

I have experienced some wonderful concerts here. The staff are fine, but when I complained about the A/C (it was very warm in the orchestra section), the house manager did not seemed all that happy with me. A nicer attitude would have been appreciated.

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Reviewed August 23, 2012

Easy online ticketing, not a bad seat in the house, and house intro before show is never ridiculously self-aggrandizing like other venues.

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