The Cohoes Music Hall – thought to be one of the oldest music halls in the country – will see the return of shows, musicals, comedy acts, films, and more this fall.
The first show of Cohoes Music Hall’s new chapter will be Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. musical theater, scheduled for September 9th.
The historic music hall was constructed in 1874 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s been closed for over a year due to dwindling audiences and structural problems with the building.
After several months of conversations on reopening, it was announced in March that the Palace Theatre in Albany would team up with the City of Cohoes to bring the music hall back in business under a three-year deal.
The city is paying for utilities, maintenance, insurance, and additional costs, in exchange for $2 per ticket sold for the first two years of the agreement, and $3 per ticket during the third.
One of the great things about the Cohoes Music Hall is its unique size. With 385 seats, it’s perfect for mid-sized musical or comedy shows that are too big to play at local clubs, but are too small to fill the larger theaters like the Palace, the Egg, or Proctors.
Musical theater, comedy acts, folk music, jazz, and films are some of what theater-goers can expect. A lineup has been announced with more than a dozen confirmed shows and several movies running from early September through May of next year.
Officials are expecting up to 60 performances during this first year, and they predict that number will double annually within three years.
There will be a weekly film series to begin in October featuring a film every Tuesday evening. The first movie shown will be The Godfather on October 4th; tickets to all films are priced at just $5. Films showing during October will include a couple classic scary movies in preparation for Halloween: Friday the 13th and The Exorcist. November will kick off with Singin’ in the Rain.
As part of the film series, on the first Tuesday of the month a matinee screening will be presented in collaboration with the Cohoes Senior Center. The senior center is offering a lunch-before-the-movie deal, for a packaged price of $12 for both the meal and the movie; the price will be $7 for adults older than 60.
Last year the hall received more than $30,000 in city-funded improvements including new seating, curtains, a projection system, refinished floors, new lighting, and sound systems. Now, it’s just a matter of putting together those finishing touches in time for the reopening next month.
“There are things we’re still working on and putting in place,” Holly Crown, Palace Executive Director, told WAMC. “Obviously, we want to replicate a lot of the systems that we have in place here at the Palace over at the Music Hall. We have systems here that work very well, so we don’t want to reinvent the wheel, but we do need to tailor those systems for that beautiful space.”
The city appears optimistic about this new venture: “The partnership with the Palace has far exceeded my wildest expectations,” Cohoes Mayor Shawn Morse told the Times Union.
Tickets for upcoming shows and films are now available for purchase at www.thecohoesmusichall.com, www.palacealbany.com, over the phone at 800.745.3000, or in person at the Palace Box Office, located at 19 Clinton Avenue in Albany.