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“one of the best venues around”

Stanley Center for The Arts
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Utica
Certificate of Excellence
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Syracuse, New York
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“one of the best venues around”
Reviewed April 24, 2013

A classic theatre with excellent acoustics. I've seen a few concerts there, some plays when I was a kid, and most recently saw comedian Brian Regan. It's always a good experience going to a show at the Stanley.

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63 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A sparkling gem in Utica”
Reviewed April 9, 2013

The Stanley Theatre was built in the late 1920's by a Hungarian architect in the Mexican Baroque style. Its main staircase is a replica of the staircase on the Titanic. The proscenium arch is covered with Dutch metal (it looks like gold leaf) and the interior now boasts a custom chandelier made by the local stained glass lamp company, Meyda. The lobby is spectacular, with mirrors and chandeliers and a soaring ceiling and a balcony at the mezzanine level that allows you to look out over the crowd. It is an absolutely gorgeous, lovingly restored theatre that narrowly missed the wrecking ball in the 1970's. It seats fewer than 3,000 but a recent multi-million dollar expansion now means it can accommodate major Broadway shows (the backstage and loading areas used to be too small). I have attended events at the Stanley for over 30 years and ushered there when I was a teen. Many, many famous performers have appeared there, from Ella Fitzgerald to Judas Priest and everything inbetween. Broadway shows, ballet, symphonies, rock concerts...you name it, they've had it. The lobby is also a beautiful backdrop for wedding photos. The one thing I truly hate is the new electronic billboard out front. It is an eyesore and a tragedy, because above it is a wonderful mosaic that no one ever sees any more, because of the blinding flashing light of the electronic marquee.

Visited May 2012
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Cornwall, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Loved it!”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

This place is gorgeous. Concert we saw was "The Celtic Woman". We enjoyed our evening very much. Hope to go back one day,

Visited March 2013
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Utica, New York
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150 reviews
68 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Adams Family on stage!”
Reviewed March 3, 2013

The Stanley is astounding! Wonderful broadway shows! You can't best the atomsphere, the nearby restaurants, the production of the Adams Family was just FUN! All of the beloved characters make an appearance Hand, Cousin It, Lurch too funny! Lots of inuendo tho so be prepared for a Entertaining night! Again the Theater itself is historic and enjoyable to wait in the lobby gazing around is a simply wonderful experience!

Visited February 2013
Thank Kathleen C
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Port Saint Lucie, Florida
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24 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“The Chieftain at the Stanley theater”
Reviewed February 28, 2013

If you plan on seeing a show here be sure you get a front row, there are tiny seats and absolutely NO leg room in the isles, the staff was great and the beverages was fairly cheap.

but the seating was just awful, luckely they did not mind us moving, my wife who is 5 feet two had trouble sitting comfortably.

The music was great though.

Visited February 2013
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