Venues Small Venues
note: Clubs with
live entertainment are listed under “Bars & Clubs.”
In addition to the information below, keep in mind that
area churches often host classical-music concerts, and that
clubs and coffeehouses present poetry readings and, on occasion,
theater. The Capital Region also boasts a number of community
theaters, including Albany Civic Theater (462-1297),
the Schenectady Civic Players (382-2081), the Schenectady
Light Opera Company (393-5732) and Saratoga’s Home
Made Theatre (587-4427). Finally, a major attraction each
summer is the free Park Playhouse (434-0776) musical
production that takes place in Albany’s Washington Park. (Boldface
type indicates that a venue is home to a significant local
orchestra, theater company, dance troupe, or other performance
Theatre 19 King St., Northampton, Mass., 800-THE-TICK.
A beautifully restored theater in downtown Northampton, the
Calvin offers an eclectic season of concerts, theater, ballet
and kids’ shows. www.iheg.com.
Egg Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845. Home of the
Empire Center, the Egg presents an impressive and varied schedule
of music, dance, theater and children’s performances from
touring artists and companies. Also home to resident company
the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company. www.theegg.org
Falls Civic Center 1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls,
798-0366. This versatile sports and entertainment complex,
home to the Adirondack IceHawks hockey team, boasts a seating
capacity of up to 7800. The civic center hosts everything
from the Ice Capades to giant rock acts, and offers banquet
facilities as well.
Theatre 19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-3334. Major renovations
have been completed for Albany’s prized old hall, a beautiful
former movie house with a capacity of about 2,900. It’s home
to the Albany Symphony Orchestra as well as music and comedy
Arena 51 S. Pearl St., Albany, 487-2000. This 15,000-seat
facility is the largest Capital Region venue by far. In addition
to sports (see “Sports Venues”), the Pepsi Arena hosts such
events as kids’ shows, circuses, ice shows and some of the
largest pop-music tours to pass through these parts. www.pepsiarena.com
Theatre Look Park, Northampton, Mass., 800-THE-TICK. Yet
another project of the folks at Iron Horse Entertainment Group,
this outdoor venue features concerts by big-name music performers
every summer, often in conjunction with all-day festivals.
Theatre 432 State St., Schenectady, 382-3884. This 2,700-seat
theater-in-the-grand-manner hosts one of the area’s most substantial
and eclectic seasons of theater, dance, music and comedy.
This is where the Broadway touring shows stop, where classical
and Cajun music come to the big stage and where the Schenectady
Symphony Orchestra hangs its hat. Home of Goldie, “the Mighty
Wurlitzer” (organ), and Northeast Ballet’s annual productions
of The Nutcracker. The venue, which occasionally hosts
pop, country and oldies concerts, also has an ongoing second-run
film series. www.proctors.org
Houston Field House Peoples and Burdett avenues, Troy,
276-6262. Best known as the home of RPI’s Division I ECAC
hockey team (see “Sports Venues”), the Field House is also
a popular midsize (seats 6,500) venue for pop and rock shows.
RPI also books pop music shows into the MacNeil Room and Mother’s
Performing Arts Center Saratoga Spa State Park, Route
9, Saratoga Springs. 587-3330. This indoor-outdoor amphitheater
is the summer home of the New York City Ballet and Philadelphia
Orchestra. And there’s always a full schedule of “Special
Events”—concerts by top jazz, pop and rock & roll artists.
West Street, Lenox, Mass., (413) 637-1600. The summer
home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, this revered indoor-outdoor
amphitheater features a comprehensive schedule of classical
concerts, as well as occasional jazz and pop shows, during
the warm-weather months.
Savings Bank Music Hall Second Avenue and State Street,
Troy, 273-0038. From symphony orchestras to jazz greats, this
hall, renowned for its acoustic splendor, is the first choice
of many artists for performance and recordings. Regularly
presents subscription concerts by the Albany Symphony Orchestra.
The annual season boasts a classical music series, a jazz
series and an acoustic music series, plus an assortment of
acoustic, folk and world music events. www.troymusichall.org
Arts Center of the Capital Region 265 River St., Troy,
273-0552. This versatile facility boasts a state-of-the-art
black-box theater suited to all-manner of intimate performances.
Repertory Theatre 111 N. Pearl St., Albany. 445-7469.
Home of Capital Repertory Company, the Capital Region’s equity
theater company. www.capitalrep.org
Music Hall 58 Remsen St., Cohoes, 237-7999. New resident
theatre company, C-R Productions, produces family-oriented
musicals and plays. www.c-rproductions.com
Call Theatre 210 Old Loudon Road, Latham. 877-PLAY (7529).
This former church is named after its year-round tenant, a
professional theater company. www.curtaincalltheatre.com
Theater, Filene Recital Hall and Bernhard Theater Skidmore
College, Saratoga Springs, 580-5000. As the name indicates,
Skidmore’s Dance Theater regularly hosts performances of dance—by
students and national troupes and artists. The recital hall
features faculty showcase concerts as well as an interesting
mix of classical, jazz and avant-garde music. The Bernhard
Theater hosts mostly campus productions. www.skidmore.edu
Dance Theatre 351 Hudson Ave., Albany, 465-9916. Home
of Maude Baum & Company Dance Theatre. www.eba-arts.org
Campus Center Theater, St. Mary of the Angels Chapel and
Alumni Recreation Center Siena College, 515 Loudon Road (Route
9), Loudonville, 783-2527. The theater often hosts a slate
of performances by the drama department, while many a classical
ensemble fills the chapel with heavenly sounds. Look for the
occasional pop-music concert in the ARC.
Center for the Performing Arts Music Conservatory and Theater,
40 Russell Road, Albany (near Westgate shopping center),
453-1048. This small theater presents occasional events, ranging
from theatrical productions to music performances. www.hiltoncenter.com
Opera House 327 Warren St., Hudson, 822-1438. This space
hosts art exhibitions, concerts, readings, workshops and other
Hall Emma Willard School, 285 Pawling Ave., Troy, 833-1300.
Troy’s Friends of Chamber Music presents a first-rate classical
concert series here. www.emmawillard.org
MoCA, 87 Marshall St., North Adams, Mass., (413) 664-4481.
In addition to gallery space, this sprawling former factory
complex includes performances spaces for music, dance and
film. They have recently hosted everything from avant-garde
opera and modern dance to silent film. www.massmoca.org
Pointe Cultural Arts Center Route 9, Kinderhook, 758-9234.
A pleasant space that presents musical offerings, theater
productions (StageWorks makes its home here) and the like.
Hall 135 Western Ave., downtown University at Albany campus,
Albany; and the University at Albany Performing Arts Center
1400 Washington Ave., uptown UAlbany campus, Albany, 442-3995.
Both locations concentrate on campus-related music, theater,
readings and more. Several pop concerts are usually presented
at Page Hall annually, as is the New York State Writers Institute
Film Series. In addition, the UAlbany Concert Board often
books popular musical acts into the Recreation and Convocation
Center, also at the uptown campus. www.albany.edu/pac
Music Center 544 Warren St., Hudson, 671-7171. This former
bank building has been transformed into an intimate performace
space for classical music.
Fine Arts Center Theater Russell Sage College, Troy, 274-3256.
Home to the New York State Theater Institute, a professional
company presenting theater for family audiences. Also at Sage,
the James L. Meader Little Theater. www.nysti.org
Little Theatre, Saratoga Spa State Park, Route 9, Saratoga
Springs, 587-4427. This intimate space hosts seasons by community
theater troupe Home Made Theatre, the Saratoga Chamber Music
Festival and more recently, the Lake George Opera Festival.
No. 10 Theatre 500 Western Ave. (near intersection of
Madison and Western avenues), Albany, 438-5503. The restored
firehouse is home to acclaimed productions of children’s theater,
as well as special events—puppet shows, storytellers, magicians—throughout
the year. www.steamer10theatre.org
& Space Limited 434 Columbia St., Hudson, 822-8448.
Theater, film, art, and literary events are all presented
in this one neat space. There are premieres as well as classics
in their movie series, and the live performances range from
avant garde to children’s fare. www.timeandspacelimited.org
College Memorial Chapel Union College, Union Street, Schenectady,
388-6000. Regularly features an impressive classical music
series, and though it’s been a while, pop and rock bands have
performed there in the past as well. Union also boasts the
Yulman Theater, which is home to college theater productions.
Performing Arts Studio 339 Central Ave., Albany, 465-5233,
ext. 4. Newly renovated former bank building now hosts classical,
jazz, pop, and folk performances. Many of these shows are
broadcast on public radio station WAMC.
Metroland's Dining Guide 2001