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. Academy of Music Theatre is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , world travel planner Edition.
Academy of Music Theatre Reviews
great venue. historic, nicely renovated. intimate. clean. easy to find, park. nice amenities. friendly staff. 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 »
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.
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