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“Not a bad seat in the house”

RBTL's Auditorium Theatre
Ranked #39 of 145 things to do in Rochester
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Owner description: The Rochester Broadway Theatre League (RBTL) owns and operates Rochester’s Auditorium Theatre. The Auditorium Theatre is home to a full season of touring Broadway shows, and also hosts a number of live concerts, comedy and dramatic events throughout the year. RBTL’s mission is to provide opportunities for all people to experience, understand and enjoy the best in arts and performance through its education programs, events and activities. To fulfill its mission, RBTL strives to offer diverse performances that reflect the highest standards of excellence, and to make those performances accessible to the broadest possible audience.
Reviewed December 26, 2012

This theatre is lovely and there really isn't a bad seat in the house for viewing. My only real complaint is that the seats are very tight, not alot of room to get past someone else and very little elbow room.

2  Thank Anita O
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

This October we saw Mary Poppins. The snack lines get long- but they move quickly. We had a great view on the lower "orchestra" level.

2  Thank Julie D
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

I recently saw the Blue Man Group at the Auditorium - the most recent of many visits. People complain about the auditorium, and yes, it has its drawbacks. The seats are crowded and therefore legroom is at a premium. The acoustics are average. I've never had any trouble hearing anything that was happening on the stage, whether it be theater or music. Contrary to what some say, parking is just fine. There are private lots that supplement the on-site parking for a small fee. I've never had to walk more than a block to get to the theater (As someone who spent years in New York City, Rochesterians don't know how good they have it).

But what really makes the Auditorium experience so delightful is the atmosphere of this lovely old theater, and the sense of history. I wish the philistines who advocate its abandonment would recognize that. Rather than spending millions to build another sterile glass and steel building in the suburbs, why not put some money into upgrading the current location?

2  Thank barbarawwarren
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Reviewed November 29, 2012

We have been season ticket holders for years and will continue to do so. The RBTL is at the Auditorium on Goodman. The choice of events is excellent, the theater is old and beautiful. Parking is easy.
The drawbacks: Acoustics are at best medium, upper seating area are hot, but the killer is the seating. It is very uncomfortable! The seating was built for people's size of 100 years ago, unfortunately the size of current America has grown beyond the seats. Very crowded, small seats with absolutely no leg room. An aisle seat allows one to stretch the legs, otherwise you are quite cramped.

Thank Brian M
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

Money should be poured into the Auditorium Theatre to preserve it. It is a unique venue and the cast of hundreds of famous artists who, over the years, have graced the stage is huge and impressive. It has, alas, been allowed to become a bit tattered and needs some serious support. Please revive it!!

1  Thank dshadow205
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