Academy of Music Theatre, Northampton

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Sarah Bernhardt slept here (in her coffin, no less). Harry Houdini had a trapdoor cut into the stage here to allow him to perform his amazing disappearing act here. Mae West bared all here (literally, according to some).

"Here," of course, is The Academy of Music Theatre. It's a special place, one with a long tradition of presenting local and international talent, both live onstage and on-screen.

The Academy of Music began as the dream of businessman and Northampton native Edward H. R. Lyman (1819-1899). Lyman considered himself a "trustee" for his hometown, and he decided that one of the things he should do for the city was ensure that it had a place "suitable for lectures, concerts, opera, and the drama for the public good." He accomplished his goal through the construction and donation of the Academy of Music Theatre, which was built between 1889 and 1890. Lyman gave the theatre to the city of Northampton as a gift in 1892, and generations of area residents have benefited from his generosity, enjoying live theatre, music and dance, as well as films. The Academy of Music is one of the historical, architectural, and cultural treasures of Northampton and the entire the Pioneer Valley. It remains true to Edward Lyman's original dream, and it has brought that vision forward to the 21st century, continuing in its mission to enrich greater Northampton's quality of life.
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  • great venue. historic, nicely renovated. intimate. clean. easy to find, park. nice amenities. friendly staff.  more »
  • Went with a friend to see a great musical performance, thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Street parking, small lobby so be patient. A local gem!  more »
  • Comfortable and intimate setting. Surrounded by great and varied food choices. Highly recommended. Parking nearby can be an issue but Northampton is a wonderful town for a stroll.  more »
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  • Great events and performances! Lots of live entertainment in downtown Northampton, the only problem is parking on the street is always all taken except for the handicapped spaces. The garage and lots are within an easy walk after the driver has dropped off the passengers. Very nice theatre with classic decor. Good service for tickets and refreshments! Lobby is relatively small for the number of seats. Enjoy!
  • Nice venue. I think an expanded bar would be a nice addition. They closed pretty early during the last show I attended.
  • Always a beautiful classic theater. Seats are much comfier than back in the day. But the tiny concessions stand leaves a lot to be desired. Felt bad for the people working it. And for the people waiting in line for a million years. The people working were so stressed for the show (Cat Power) and amount of people and lack of space they had to work that they were rude to the customers. My friend asked for a second cup for the tea because it was so hot it was burning our hands and the workers were not supplied with those hot cup holder thingies, despite having tea and coffee on the menu. Doesn't seem like a big deal. Everyone else was buying alchohol any way, plenty of cups. No need for rude looks just because we're against burnt fingers 🤔 Chan Marshall wasn't a fan of the equipment on the stage restricting her constant movement either. But I'm thinking that's a different level of feedback not necessary in a Google review perhaps?
  • Academy of music is a historic venue with in North Hampton for concerts, plays, etc. I have been there many times and I’m always happy to go there. Typically park in one of the town lots, go out to eat at one of the many restaurants or bars, then walk over to the Academy of Music for your show. They have both balcony and floor seating. Typically I spend a couple extra bucks for the floor seating because you can get very close to the band.
  • A beautiful and critical local/historical landmark! We are so lucky to have such a gorgeous old theater maintained and I'm use in our community!
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