Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center
14 Castle Street,
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The Mahaiwe Theater’s large, faded marquee only tells part of the story of this aging, but elegant movie house.
Opened in September 1905 as a vaudeville theater, the Mahaiwe Theater became a movie house in the late-1920’s and never looked back. Visitors to the town could easily miss the Mahaiwe Theater as it’s nestled down a side street, but locals made the theater a hit as it was the home of first run feature films for the next seven decades.
Finally after years of marginal profits its last operator, the Hoyts Theater chain, sold the 700-seat cinema to the Berkshire Opera Company. Although the Mahaiwe Theater has finally shown its last first run film, it still screens classic movies. Its new owners have restored the theater which help show off its gilded lobby and refined interior.
The Mahaiwe Theater was restored in time for its 100th anniversary — a mark as impressive as the theater itself.
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