This theater was built in 1930 in homage to local theologian Horace Bushnell and today it still remains as one of the Connecticut's best event venues. A must-visit for all culture lovers, the Bushnell has inspired audiences with its fantastic shows and plays a leading role in the Hartford's cultural vibrancy. It is a non-profit organization renowned for community programs and a leading educator and advocate of the arts. From Broadway shows to comedians, it's a great place to spend an evening.
Hartford Stage is one of the leading resident theaters, known internationally for entertaining and enlightening audiences with a wide range of the best world drama, from classics to provocative new plays, musicals and neglected works from the past. The theater has earned many distinguished awards and it maintains a strong commitment to private/public partnerships, educational programs and humanities initiatives within the the community.
This large arena provides an indoor and outdoor facility with retractable walls, and it is the best place to see a live concert in Connecticut. You'll see top acts here, including contemporary and classical bands which give unforgettable performances. On a warm summer evening there is no better place to be in Connecticut then enjoying a show here.
The Warner is where Hartford's denizens come to see classic theater as well as contemporary pieces. Built in 1931, the theater was originally constructed as part of the Warner Bros. movie theater but now showcases live performances and has state-of-the-art technology. This art-deco theater is an architectural treat unto itself as the building still retains many of its original details.The National Registry of Historic Places added it to its renowned list in 1984.
The Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre (or as it's commonly known, The Oakdale) is one of the area's premier venues. Located between Hartford and New Haven, this theater is known as one of the best live entertainment venues in Connecticut. Theater fans should not miss the Broadway Classics performances. Famous artists like Coldplay, Steely Dan, Dave Matthews, Van Morrison, Seinfeld, Kevin James, David Copperfield, Mariah Carey have performed here.
Since 1970, this independent theater has showcased films, plays and other performance art to the people of Hartford. Founded by a group of Trinity College students, it functions as a cooperative where the students star, direct and write all of the scripts. Seven days a week, visitors can see original content as well as vintage films and cult classics. It's location on the Trinity College campus is also convenient for both students as well as guests.
William H. Mortensen Hall is one of the main venues of The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Equipped with world-class equipment, the venue boasts of an elegant lighting and seating arrangement. It is available for performing arts, concerts and private events like weddings and parties. The venue is a popular destination for touring concert and art groups and can accommodate up to 2799 guests for a single event.
Situated within The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Maxwell and Ruth Belding Theater - Bushnell Center is an elegant and chic theater opened in the year 2002 which is named after the family of one of the most important and long-time serving trustees of The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. This state-of-the-art theater is home to Hartford Symphony Orchestra that mesmerizes the audience with their critically acclaimed performances on a regular basis. Apart from theatrical performances and musical concerts, Maxwell and Ruth Belding Theater plays regular host to all kinds of private and corporate events.
TheaterWorks engages the best talent from the community to put on plays and performance pieces at its downtown theater. The historic building built circa 1927 is where you'll find the theater and the structure is a highlight unto itself. The theater presents hundreds of independent, original performances throughout the year and it attracts a very diverse audience, from children to adults.
The XL Center, formerly known as the Hartford Civic Center, is a sports and convention complex. It was opened in 1975 and has been renovated several times over the past four decades. It houses an exhibition hall which is used for trade shows, conventions, banquets, craft shows, meetings and other events. It has held many notable well-known artists like Van Halen, U2, Luciano Pavarotti, Madonna, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson and more. The XL Center also hosts some UConn men's and women's basketball games, and is also home to the Connecticut Whale professional women's hockey team.