Music Hall

28 Chestnut Street,
Portsmouth, NH 03801

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Music Hall pano from balcony

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Today, the Music Hall in Portsmouth is an educational and charitable organization presenting live and cinematic arts in a landmark 900-seat opera house.

Over the last twelve years, since it was saved from the wrecking ball, The Music Hall has earned its position as the premier cultural center between Boston and Portland. The Music Hall is a stage for everyone in the Portsmouth community and is celebrating its 123 years of operation.

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Patsy on June 3, 2008 at 4:54 pm

PaulNoble: Interesting that you would post this as I viewed The View today and heard Barbara speak of being at this theatre over the weekend and that it had to be evacuated though she didn’t go into any detail, on air. Thanks for giving us the balcony scoop. BTW, has anyone read her book?

Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 21, 2008 at 5:57 pm

A photograph and article in today’s issue of The New York Times:
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Warren G. Harris
Warren G. Harris on July 21, 2008 at 6:32 pm

In 1945, the Music Hall was sold at public auction and re-opened as a cinema called the Civic, according to the NYT article. That name is not mentioned in the introduction, even though it remained for many years.

MPol on May 26, 2009 at 9:21 pm

I’ll be attending a show at the Music Hall in a couple of weeks, for the first time! I’m excited!

MPol on June 12, 2009 at 3:15 am

Last night, as part of their Summerfilm program, the Music Hall showed West Side Story. I’d never been to the Music Hall before, but it’s a fabulous-looking theatre, with a big screen that' covered by a dark red velvet curtain, plus an old-fashioned-looking concession stand.

MPol on July 8, 2009 at 11:01 pm

Since I was there last month, I recognize the Music Hall. It’s a beautiful theatre!

Lost Memory
Lost Memory on July 8, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Too bad you didn’t have a camera with you. We could use some interior photos. :)

TLSLOEWS on February 18, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Lost Memory check out Warrens post of July 21,2008 for inside photo.

Escott O. Norton
Escott O. Norton on May 3, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I just noticed there were few photos of the Music Hall so I added some that I took in 2011. Marvelous story of being saved from the wrecking ball, and how the theatre’s reopening revitalized the area.

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