Hosting live music by legendary artists, comedians and more, Bardavon is the oldest continuously operating theater in New York.

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The Bardavon

In the downtown district of Poughkeepsie is the oldest continuously operating theater in New York State – the Bardavon. Built in 1869, it served as a venue for the performing arts and upholds this legacy today. The theater is operated by the Bardavon 1869 Opera House, Inc., a non-profit that is dedicated to offering affordable, world-class arts education programs, music, dance, theater live in HD broadcasts and classic films for the diverse audiences of the Hudson Valley.

The Bardavon presents renowned and emerging performers in productions in order to inspire, entertain, and educate people of all ages, ethnicities and incomes as well as stage free outdoor arts events in local communities. Bardavon offers an authentic way to experience cultural tourism.




Starting February 22nd, the Company is offering a 5 part experience for grades K-12 that will introduce students to the history and tradition of stepping. This two week program offers an immersive experience where students will learn the polyrhythmic, percussive dance form called stepping. The class will be taught virtually and there is no admission cost. To participant in this program, students must register online through the Company’s website

Home of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic

The 944-seat historic theater hosts the region’s premiere orchestra, the Hudson Valley Philharmonic. Full seasons of the Hudson Valley Philharmonic Symphony Concert Series can be enjoyed in an elegant setting with outstanding acoustics at the Bardavon as well as the Ulster Performing Arts Center— the Bardavon’s sister stage. View the performance calendar here.

MET Live in HD

The Bardavon is one of 900 theaters in the United States that is home to live, high-definition transmissions of performances at The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City. The ninth season of these broadcasts is currently running for the 2018/19 season. View the broadcast calendar here.

“The Bardavon is a wonderful community-supported center for music, film, dance, and drama. Everything from classical orchestral music to innovative dance to stand-up comics to theatre organ finds a welcoming audience”

—Laura R., TripAdvisor

Take Amtrak to the Bardavon

Experience the arts at the Bardavon via Amtrak to Poughkeepsie Station—Don’t forget to use the New York By Rail 15% discount!

Get picked up from Poughkeepsie Station and taken to your reserved NYTRAIN Enterprise Rent-a-Car. Click here to reserve your car or call the Poughkeepsie office today at: (845) 485-2222.