Bardavon 1869 Opera House

35 Market Street,
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on May 19, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Very nice photos.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on May 24, 2009 at 5:19 pm

Here is a May 2009 photo.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on September 22, 2008 at 5:21 pm

This is another photo of the Opera House.

DonLewis
DonLewis on September 15, 2008 at 9:49 pm

A 1996 view of the Bardavon Theatre in Poughkeepsie.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 22, 2008 at 6:43 pm

It does. Thanks for the information.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 22, 2008 at 6:34 pm

One pronunciation is given at this link. Hope that helps.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 22, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Not really, but I am a Shakespeare fan. I was reading Julius Caesar the other day when I saw the posting for the Bardavon, so that made me wonder about the origin of the name. I would be curious to know if it is pronounced with the emphasis on the first syllable or the second A.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 22, 2008 at 6:07 pm

You must be fascinated with this theater.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 22, 2008 at 6:03 pm

In 2003, the Bardavon newsletter stated that the aforementioned mural was commissioned in 1923 and was based on an engraving from “A Midsummer’s Night Dream”:
http://tinyurl.com/5nmkeq

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 22, 2008 at 5:27 pm

A photo is about all that I would trust from that site.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on August 22, 2008 at 3:00 am

Confirmed by Wikipedia? LOL

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 22, 2008 at 2:59 am

Confirmed by Wikipedia:

The Bardavon can seat up to 944.

The name Bardavon is taken from an old mural in the building, long since painted over, entitled The Bard of Avon (a reference to William Shakespeare).

Mark Twain once performed on its stage.

Those who visited the Bardavon as guests of honor include industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (to celebrate the laying of the cornerstone of the Poughkeepsie Railroad Bridge), as well as former US Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin Delano Roosevelt (both appearing in political rallies at the Bardavon).

Bob Dylan has used the Bardavon for tour rehearsals as well as rehearsals for his 2006 album Modern Times.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on August 22, 2008 at 2:08 am

The Bard of Avon would be William Shakespeare. I don’t know if there’s any connection to the Bardavon, however.

teecee
teecee on August 22, 2008 at 1:29 am

my photo from 7/3/06:

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Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 3, 2008 at 12:04 am

This is another photo of the Bardavon Opera House.

ghentbois
ghentbois on November 12, 2007 at 7:12 pm

There were a great number of “Opera Houses” in the U.S [for the most part,the latter part] during the 19th Century.
These were usually the entertainment centers of a small city. They were mainly a venue for lectures, which were a major form of entertainment. Mark Twain was a regular “Opera House” attraction in many cities, coast to coast. Imagine hearing his wit,coming from his own lips!
A number of these sites have been converted into movie theatres and in the past 15-20 years,local “Performing Arts Centers."
As a rule, these buildings were quite plain in their interior design and devoid of major architectural embellishments. In many of these,boxes[some real,some faux] flanking the proscenium were the sole adornment.
The Bardavon is a good example of one of these, as is the Mahawie Theatre in Great Barrington, Mass.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on December 18, 2006 at 3:43 pm

As the Collingwood Opera House, the Bardavon is listed in the 1897-98 edition of Julius Cahn’s Official Theatrical Guide. The seating capacity is given as 1,550. The Mgr. was E.B. Sweet and the theatre was located on the ground floor. It had both gas and electric illumination. The proscenium opening was 40 feet square, and the stage was 32 feet deep. There were 8 members of the house orchestra. Hotels in Poughkeepsie included the Nelson House, the Morgan House and the Troy House. The population was 25,000.

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on December 4, 2006 at 1:52 pm

This is a photo of the Bardavon Opera House.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on December 3, 2006 at 4:29 pm

Here is an article with some background:
http://tinyurl.com/yhhutq