A dazzling array of performing and visual art attractions across Central New York is what sculpts the region into the cultural hub of upstate that it is today. The region’s heritage is expressed through some of CNY’s most notable theaters, museums, festivals and more.
The arts have the ability to speak to a community in ways that enhance lives, which is why they are as prominent as they are in Central New York. Experience the arts in Central New York if you’re looking for personal enjoyment or intellectual stimulation.
Here are some of the region’s most unique destinations you may want to consider on your next trip.
Firehouse Stage at the Goodwill Theatre
This over-a-century-old building is a historic staple in the region and houses a variety of entertainment, classes and workshops. In the Firehouse’s early life, the building held the fire wagons and horses. As years passed, it has since transformed into a full-blown performance venue – the first of the Goodwill Theatre Performing Arts Complex.
Jazz jams, classical concerts, standup comedy, cabaret, magic and more can be viewed at this hidden gem in CNY. Binghamton invites visitors to “Be Part of Their Story” and step into this small piece of history by diving into the revitalization of the arts.
The Palace Theater
The Arts at the Palace in Hamilton plays an imperative role in the community’s creative spirit, a passion shared across Central New York. Art buffs will find themselves right at home as it promotes and appreciates art in all forms, including performances, exhibits, educational programs and more. The community radiates a vibrancy that represents the region’s sense of pride in the arts and extends a warm welcome to all visitors.
The Glimmerglass Festival
In the heart of Central New York, visitors can find themselves immersed in the arts at the Glimmerglass Festival. Alongside a beautiful lakeside setting, this annual summer-long festival blends world-class opera with a relaxed and casual atmosphere that creates a one-of-a-kind experience for fans of opera and beyond. Musicians, artists, educators and art-lovers alike are sure to appreciate these high-quality productions.
The Nelson Odeon is a place where local musicians from across upstate New York can promote, enjoy and play music. The stage has been entertaining audiences ever since it was built decades ago. Come and experience the magic of an up-close and personal musical experience in this century-old wooden building tucked away in the rolling hills east of Syracuse.
Earlville Opera House
Built way back in 1890, the Earlville Opera House not only is a staple in the region’s history, but its arts and culture as well. The Opera House enriches the Central New York region and beyond through a diverse series of visual and performing arts. The turn-of-the-century architecture makes this theater a living testament to the artistic history of the region. Folk, blues, world music, musical theater and more can be witnessed at the Earlville Opera House.
The Forum Theatre
The Broome County Forum Theatre is Greater Binghamton’s premier arts destination, supporting Broadway In Binghamton, the Tri-Cities Opera, and the Binghamton Philharmonic for more than 100 years. The Forum hosts a wide variety of other events, including concerts, comedians, conventions, talent competitions and recitals.
The Stanley Theater hosts shows presented by Broadway Utica as well as several other promoters. Notable artists that have performed here include REO Speedwagon, Jerry Seinfeld, the Goo Goo Dolls and more. Originally built with intentions of being a movie palace, The Stanley opened in 1928 with over 2,000 seats. So grab one of them, sit back and enjoy the arts at this hidden gem of Central New York.