Top 10 Things ... venues for live entertainment

By LISA MARTINEAU May 18. 2018 12:34PM
SNHU Arena 

SNHU Arena – Manchester

Located in downtown Manchester, SNHU Arena is an indoor events stadium. It is formerly known as Verizon Wireless Arena, and home to the Manchester Monarchs. The arena hosts several live entertainment events such as ice hockey, basketball, and concerts performed by major artists. The arena contains 542 club seats, 34 luxury suites, and five party suites. SNHU Arena is known for its wide variety of family friendly events and major concerts.

Bank of NH Pavilion in Gilford

Bank of NH Pavilion – Gilford

Located on Lake Winnipesaukee, the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion is an outdoor amphitheater. In 1996, Meadowbrook was created as a summer concert venue. The venue consisted of a temporary stage, 2,500 moveable seats, and a lawn that could hold up to 2,000 people. In 2013, the venue was renamed Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion and underwent an expansion that added nearly 3,000 covered seats, two new parking lots, and a second road into the venue. The venue has a full-service bar where local bands play for concertgoers prior to and following the concert. Bank of NH Pavilion is the perfect outdoor arena for seasonal concerts.

Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom - Hampton

Opening on July 15, 1899 the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom is a seasonal live music and comedy venue. In 2010, the Casino Ballroom was ranked #23 in the Top 100 Worldwide Club Venues by Pollstar. Today, the Ballroom enters its third century of being one of the best venues to play by artists and known as one of the best venues by concertgoers. The venue has historically drawn some of the top names in entertainment and is placed the top 30 worldwide ticket sales in venues under 3,000 seats. To have a truly historic and memorable musical experience, the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom is where you need to be. 

The Music Hall – Portsmouth

Built in 1878, The Music Hall located is an 895-seat theater. It is claimed that the Music Hall is the oldest operating theater in New Hampshire and the 14th oldest throughout the United States. The venue offers several live entertainment events including music, readings, dance, and cinema. Recently, it was named Editor’s Choice “Best All Around Entertainment” by Yankee Magazine. The theater is dedicated to representing the cultural life throughout the Seacoast community. Its overall mission is to represent diversity through the performing and related arts. 
The Colonial Theatre in Keene opened in 1924 and renovated in the mid 1990s. It has hosted movies, vaudeville, opera and countless performers. (Courtesy)

Colonial Theatre – Keene

Located in the heart of Keene, the Colonial Theater first opened on January 29, 1924. Throughout the years, the theatre has hosted movies, vaudeville shows, operas, and numerous community events. During the 20th century, the theater began to crumble, but in early 1991, a small group of ambitious Keene community members decided the theater had to be renovated. By March 3, 1995, the hardwood stage was restored and ready to be used again. Since then, more than 350 live performances have entertained audiences of all ages. 

Lebanon Opera House - Lebanon

The Lebanon Opera House is a historic 800-seat performing arts center. The theater provides entertainment through live performances that are deemed to inspire, educate, and entertain. In 1951, the Lebanon Improvement Society converted the Opera House into the town movie theater. In 2001, Lebanon Opera House was renovated to feature a freight elevator and added an expansion on the backstage and green room area. Today, the Lebanon Opera House remains the only community-based theater of its size throughout west-central New Hampshire. The Lebanon Opera House honors a continuous tradition of supporting the arts, education, and the community. 

SITTING PRETTY: Shown here are orchestra level seats that were installed in 2012 at the Palace Theatre in downtown Manchester as part of a multi-year restoration and renovation project at the Hanover Street landmark.

Palace Theatre – Manchester

Built in 1914, and located on Hanover Street in Manchester, the Palace Theatre is a non-profit stage production venue that entertains through the performing arts. The Palace offers performances that fall into one of the following categories: events produced by the Palace, events presented by the Palace, or events performed at the Palace by external entertainers. The Palace seats 890 guests and is one of a kind in the city of Manchester. 

Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center - Plymouth

The Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center is a vintage movie house dating from the 1920s that features a variety of events. The staff at the Flying Monkey Movie House and Performance Center believe there is nothing like sharing the experience of great performances with friends, neighbors, and family. The venue offers a variety of entertainment through movies, live performances, comedy, dance, and more. If you feel like experiencing the unique, “old fashioned” pleasure of enjoying dinner and a show, then this is the place for you. Share the experience that could create memories for a lifetime.

Tupelo Music Hall - Derry

Originally founded in September of 2004, Tupelo Music Hall was a repurposed farmhouse from the 1890’s in Londonderry. The mission of the music hall was to provide entertainment through music shows to the local community. By 2007, the venue was showing over 2,000 nationally recognized artists per year. Recently, in early 2017, the Tupelo Music Hall changed locations to a newer building in Derry. Although they relocated, the music hall has the same vision to provide an experience that the community has grown to love. The venue is a multi-genre performing arts space and specializes in music events, comedy, and occasional theatrical shows. With state-of-the-art sound equipment, Tupelo Music Hall specializes in making it the best listening experience for its audiences in order to follow their motto, “It’s All About The Music.”

Capitol Center for the Arts – Concord

The Capitol Center for the Arts is Concord’s premier moviehouse and concert hall. The venue strives to inspire, educate, and entertain audiences of all ages through the performing arts and an extensive range of artistic presentations. The 1,304-seat theater has been modernized in many ways including newly restored seating. The Capitol Center is also home to The Spotlight Café where the community can experience a hip club-style atmosphere. Along with the café, the theater has a mission to serve the community by showing events including Broadway shows, dance performances, pop and country stars, family shows, international performances, and school-time shows.
Capitol Center for the Arts (Courtesy)

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