To consistently deliver high quality professional entertainment for all the citizens of Western Massachusetts thereby enhancing the quality of each life, increasing awareness and patronage of the performing arts, and actively contributing to the long-term economic growth and prosperity of our community.
The 2,611-seat Symphony Hall is home to Broadway-style theatre, top-quality children's programming, internationally-recognized speakers and numerous concerts and performances. Built in the early 1900s, the historic building underwent an extensive renovation in the fall of 2004. Patrons are enjoying refurbished seating, newly painted ceilings, walls and floors, new acoustical and decorative draperies and improved restroom facilities.
Off-Broadway comedies, dramas and musicals are presented October through April in the intimate, 479-seat Blake Theatre; the 70-seat Winifred Arms Theatre is host to numerous community events, performances and meetings
WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE DO
CityStage and Symphony Hall are Springfield's only destinations for live, professional theatre. We present a season of touring Broadway musicals, concerts and an educational series at Symphony Hall and Off-Broadway musicals and comedies at CityStage. On average, the two theatres host 250 events from September through June with an extremely broad variety of shows. Our entertainment ranges from classical music to wrestling events, with magic shows, concerts, jugglers, an educational series, dramas, public forums, graduations, dance recitals and everything else in between. Symphony Hall is home to the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, The Springfield Public Forum, and public and private graduation ceremonies for the Springfield public schools and surrounding communities. Both theatres are truly valuable resources to all of Springfield and the surrounding communities.
Located in the heart of the city, with strong public transportation, easy highway accessibility and safe, convenient parking, we are able to draw audiences from a wide geographic area. As part of the federally designated Enterprise Community area, we have many opportunities to increase audience diversity and participation throughout the Northeast Corridor.
CityStage and Symphony Hall is a viable community enterprise and artistic resource which provides cultural, educational, social and economic benefits to downtown Springfield and the surrounding communities. We employ up to 80 individuals a night at Symphony Hall. We generate revenue for the Springfield Parking Authority, local bars, restaurants, hotels, media outlets, caterers, cleaning services, the local IATSE Stagehand Union, the police and fire department, EMS, and all of the artists, producers, musicians and directors we employ. We are truly an asset and an economic catalyst to Western Massachusetts.
CityStage and Symphony Hall has a strong impact on all of Western MA. As stated previously we impact the entire downtown entertainment district on a show night. Our patrons dine out before and after shows, they park in City lots, and they frequent other entertainment facilities after our shows. Prior to a show the company affects many Western MA businesses through media buys; (we spend an average of $15,000 of marketing on each show); the purchase and rental of technical equipment, and the purchase of food and beverage through local distributors. In addition, all of our insurances are carried by a local agency and we use a local law firm for all of our leases and contracts. We also purchase office equipment, computers, rubbish removal and janitorial services locally. The list goes on and on. Basically said, your funding comes to us but is continually circulated throughout the community.
A strong arts organization provides culture, entertainment, education, social activities, jobs and economic stability to our community! By supporting CityStage and Symphony Hall you enable us to keep our ticket prices affordable and discount our rental rates for local organizations such as, The Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Public Forum, Spirit of Springfield, the Basketball Hall of Fame and many other non-profit organizations from our community.