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 Schen-
ectady 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 organization.)
19 King St., Northampton, Mass., (800) THE-TICK. A beautifully
restored theater in downtown Northampton, the Calvin complements
the Iron Horse Music Hall and Pearl Street, which are managed
by the same firm; the Calvin offers an eclectic season of
concerts, theater, ballet and kids’ shows.
Empire State Plaza, Albany, 473-1845. Home of the Empire Center,
a state-funded presenting organization. The Empire Center
presents an impressive and varied schedule of music, dance,
theater and children’s performances from touring artists and
companies. Also home to resident companies the Ellen Sinopoli
Dance Company and Actors’ Collaborative Inc.
Glens 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 rock acts, and offers banquet facilities as well.
19 Clinton Ave., Albany, 465-3334. Plans for major renovations
are still in the works 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 and the Albany
Berkshire Ballet, as well as music and comedy concerts.
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.
Look Park, Northampton, (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.
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.
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, Mother’s Wine Emporium
and (occasionally) West Hall.
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 Fourth 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. It 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
Arts Center of the Capital Region
265 River St., Troy, 273-0552. This versatile facility boasts
a state-of-the-art black-box theater that’s suited to all-manner
of intimate performances.
111 N. Pearl St., Albany, 462-4534. Home of Capital Repertory
Company, the Capital Region’s Equity theater company.
28 Remsen St., Cohoes, 235-7969. The new home of the Eighth
Step, one of area’s most venerable folk-music organizations,
the Hall is one of the most charming venues in the area, and
also the regular performance space of the Clifton Park Players.
210 Old Loudon Road, Latham. 877-PLAY (7529). This former
church is named after its year-round tenant, a professional
Theater, Filene Recital Hall
and Bernhard Theater
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, 584-5000. 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.
351 Hudson Ave., Albany, 465-9916. Home of Maude Baum &
Company Dance Theatre.
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.
333 Union St., Hudson, 822-1438. Lately home to a reading
series. This space hosts photo exhibitions, concerts, readings
and other events.
Emma Willard School, 285 Pawling Ave., Troy, 274-4440. Troy’s
Friends of Chamber Music presents a first-rate classical concert
Mini-Mall Theater at the Hilton Art Center
40 Russell Road, Albany (near Westgate shopping center), 453-1048.
This small theater presents occasional events, ranging from
theatrical productions to music performances.
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.
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.
Schacht Fine Arts Center Theater
Russell Sage College, Troy. Home to the New York State
Theater Institute (274-3256), a professional company presenting
theater for family audiences. Also at Sage, the Meader
Saratoga Spa State Park, Route 9, Saratoga Springs. 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 Kids’ Fare, an annual series of performances—from puppet
shows to magicians to theater—for kids, plus plenty of stuff
for an older crowd, too (theater and short film festivals,
among other offerings).
& Space Limited Warehouse
434 Columbia St., Hudson, 822-8448. It’s a theater, it’s a
gallery, it’s a movie house. This neat space is home to avant-garde
theatrical productions, screenings of classic films, art shows
College Memorial Chapel
Union College, Union Street, Schenectady, 388-6000. Regularly
features an impressive classical music series sponsored by
the college and the Schenectady Museum, 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 as well as Proctor’s
Too, an avant-garde performance series presented in conjunction
with Proctor’s Theatre.
Metroland's Dining Guide 2001