Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center

14 Castle Street,
Great Barrington, MA 01230

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LouRugani
LouRugani on April 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm

I believe this theatre (or at least its exterior) is featured in the 1968 20th Century-Fox film “Pretty Poison” with Anthony Perkins and Tuesday Weld, screening “The St. Valentine’s Day Massacre”.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 14, 2010 at 11:16 am

Also, the Berkshire Opera Company went out of business last year. The Mahaiwe does present HD screenings of the Metropolitan Opera from NYC.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on November 14, 2010 at 11:03 am

Since current programming at the Mahaiwe does in fact include movies, the Description and Funciton need to be revised appropriately.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 14, 2010 at 10:55 am

The Mahaiwe is listed in the 1927 Film Daily Yearbook as having 940 seats and open 6 days per week. It’s the only movie theater listed for Great Barrington.

sumwherefrumnow
sumwherefrumnow on August 11, 2007 at 5:59 pm

Check the facts…… In 2007 the Mahaiwe is not only the finest small/medium size venue for live entertainment, it is also the FINEST reel to reel 35mm film venue. It is capable of providing 2,000 or 6,000 reel to reel projection in film formats of 1.37:1, 1.66:1, 1.85:1 or 2.35:1 for image. It can also supply any analog format for sound plus any Dolby Digital format including Dolby Digital EX. Installed are authentic Dolby proccesors. Century projector heads and sound heads. Christie console/lamphouses, 3 phase motors that are capable of 16-30 fps. The Mahaiwe has a 30'6" anamorphic screen with 16.5 foot candles of illumination minimum at any screen location.
A film at the Mahaiwe is an experience, it’s not just a movie!

sumwherefrumnow
sumwherefrumnow on August 11, 2007 at 5:51 pm

Check the facts…… In 2007 the Mahaiwe is not only the finest small/medium size venue for live entertainment, it is also the FINEST reel to reel 35mm film venue. It is capable of providing 2,000 or 6,000 reel to reel projection in film formats of 1.37:1, 1.66:1, 1.85:1 or 2.35:1 for image. It can also supply any analog format for sound plus any Dolby Digital format including Dolby Digital EX. Installed are authentic Dolby proccesors. Century projector heads and sound heads. Christie console/lamphouses, 3 phase motors that are capable of 16-30 fps. The Mahaiwe has a 30'6" anamorphic screen with 16.5 foot candles of illumination minimum at any screen location.
A film at the Mahaiwe is an experience, it’s not just a movie!

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 12, 2006 at 8:10 am

The marquee pictured in the 1941 MGM Report photo appears to be the same one in the recent photos posted by Lost Memory on Oct 19 2006.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on November 12, 2006 at 8:05 am

The MGM Theatre Photograph and Report form for the Mahaiwe Theatre on Castle St. in Great Barrington has a facade photo taken in May 1941. There is a fancy boxy marquee with the name in huge letters on its front. There are 3 lines on its sides for the attraction. Movie playing is Joan Crawford and Melvyn Douglas in “A Woman’s Face”. Above the marquee is a large arch. The Report states that the theatre has been a MGM customer for over 10 years; that it’s in Fair condition; and has 461 orchestra seats and 400 balcony seats, total: 861 seats. The Report also states that there were no competing theatres in town.

crownx
crownx on September 29, 2005 at 1:38 pm

Interstate Theaters of Boston ran this one for many years until bought out by Hoyts.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on June 2, 2005 at 7:20 am

Berkshire Eagle articles on the Mahaiwe’s restoration and grand reopening last weekend:

A renovated Mahaiwe Theatre opens (May 26)

Mahaiwe takes center stage (May 30)

An official press release on the restoration. After work is complete next year, the theatre manager expects to show film here once again.

Here’s a calendar of upcoming events at the Mahaiwe.

teecee
teecee on May 19, 2005 at 11:46 am

Restoration information:
View link

Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on April 13, 2005 at 9:45 am

Here are four photos I took of the Mahaiwe in 1991. Two are of the exterior. Two show the lobby area.
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Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 1, 2003 at 7:49 pm

The Berkshire Opera Company did not keep the Mahaiwe. They have sold it to the new non-profit Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center organization: http://www.mahaiwe.org/

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on December 28, 2001 at 5:53 am

The Berkshire Opera company’s URL is: http://www.berkshireopera.org/

Their plans are quite ambitious, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they still show some films during the off-season.