Berkshire Music Hall to Open This Spring
posted by Roger Katz on January 29, 2004 at 5:43 am
PITTSFIELD, MA — The former Union Square Theatre and Berkshire Public Theatre is now the Berkshire Music Hall, according to the Berkshire Eagle. Raymond Schilke is spending $500,000 to bring back the theater which last hosted performances in 1995. Both live shows and movies will play at the newly renovated Music Hall once it reopens.
Here are a few recent photos of the theater. (More details are also available on the Berkshire’s official website.)
There is no way this theatre will be reopened by June. I have been in a few theatres that were renovating, and this one is in far too dilapidated a condition to be fixed up so quickly. I’d guess that it will open at least 6 months behind schedule.
It definitely looks like it needs a ton of work, Roger. The marquee needs to be cleaned up, the stage needs to be rebuilt, the center and balcony seats need to be restored, the area to the immediate left and right of stage needs to be repainted (hint: blue and red don’t work well together), and the backstage area probably needs some work too. And that’s the just stuff we can see from your photos.
I didn’t include photos of the not-so-flattering details (e.g. the peeling walls, the sagging ceilings, and the holes in the floors)!