Insider's Guide: Entertainment

Fun entertainment spots to check out in the Valley



The Show Must Go On ...

 

COLUMBIA

HUDSON OPERA HOUSE Hudson. 518-822-1438; www.hudsonoperahouse.org

Hudson’s original city hall, built in 1855; undergoing restoration.

 

SPENCERTOWN ACADEMY Spencertown. 518-392-3693; www.spencertownacademy.org

Built in 1847 as a school; now houses art and community center with cultural programs.Thurs.-Sun. 1-5 p.m. or by appt.

 

DUTCHESS

BARDAVON?1869 OPERA HOUSE Poughkeepsie. 845-473-2072; www.bardavon.org

Oldest continuously operating theater in the state, the Bardavon has hosted notables such as Mark Twain, Sarah Bernhardt, and Frank Sinatra. It presents world-class musicians, dancers, and theater troupes; serves as home of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic; and shows films (1928 Mighty Wurlitzertheater organ is played before movies).

 

HOWLAND CULTURAL CENTER Beacon. 845-831-4988; www.howlandculturalcenter.org

Built in 1872 and once the home of the Howland Library, the site now hosts myriad cultural events and exhibitions. Exhibitions open Thurs.-Sun. Building available for rentals.

 

RHINEBECK CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS Rhinebeck. 845-876-3088; www.centerforperformingarts.org.

Founded in 1987, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing hands-on arts and theatre experience for all ages.Open year-round.

 

RICHARD B. Fisher Center at Bard College Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900; www.fishercenter.bard.edu

Designed by Frank Gehry, the center houses two theatres, four rehearsal studios for dance, theatre, and music.

 

ORANGE

 

BODLES OPERA HOUSE Chester. 845-469-4595; www.bodles.com

Former carriage factory now hosts musicians playing blues, bluegrass, folk, jazz, rock, pop, and country. Dinner and drinks available. (There is a food minimum most concert nights.) Vaudeville/cabaret shows on Saturdays.

 

EISENHOWER HALL THEATRE United States Military Academy, West Point. 845-938-4159; www.ikehall.com

America’s second-largest theater (after Radio City Music Hall) presents Broadway touring companies and many other performances.  Art Gallery. Riverside Café.

 

LYCIAN CENTRE Sugar Loaf. 845-469-2287

The 668-seat theatre, which opened in 1993, produces about 35 shows per year. Home to the Kings Theatre Company.

 

THE PARAMOUNT THEATRE Middletown. 845-346-4195; www.middletownparamount.com

Musical, theatrical performances; children’s workshops.

 

RENSSELAER

TROY SAVINGS BANK MUSIC HALL Troy. 518-273-0038; www.troymusichall.org

Architecturally and acoustically superb Victorian-era performance space; National Historic Landmark. Has hosted most of world’s notable performers since opening in 1875. The 1,250-seat theater continues as venue for top-flight musicians; home of Albany Symphony Orchestra and Troy Chromatic Concerts.

 

ULSTER

ULSTER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER (UPAC) Kingston. 845-331-1613; www.upac.org

Opened in 1927 as vaudeville/movie palace, UPAC’s 1,500-seat Broadway Theater is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Presents musicians, dancers, theater, and circus acts.

 

CLOSE ENOUGH

CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC & THE ARTS Katonah. 914-232-5035, ext. 221 (tours), 914-232-1252 (box office); www.caramoor.org

Celebrating its 62ndanniversary, this Mediterranean-style mansion houses fine, decorative arts spanning 1,000 years. 100 acres of grounds. Summer musical performances held in two outdoor theaters.

 

PARAMOUNT CENTER FOR THE ARTS Peekskill. 914-739-2333; www.paramountcenter.org

Recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. Cultural arts center with music, dance, theater, film, children’s shows in 1,024-seat restored theater. First-run American and foreign films. Gallery with art exhibits; children’s theater programs.

 

PROCTORS THEATRE Schenectady. 518-346-6204; www.proctors.org

Built as a vaudeville house in 1926 (it once hosted the likes of George Burns and Red Skelton), Proctors now presents touring Broadway productions as well as opera companies and symphony orchestras.

 

WESTCHESTER BROADWAY THEATRE Elmsford. 914-592-2222; www.broadwaytheatre.com

Longest running year-round Equity theatre in New York state, serves lunch and dinner at performances.

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