Voice of the City
Welcome to Benson Theatre! Our home was built in 1923 as a vaudeville theatre. In its day, vaudeville – which translates to 'voice of the city' – was a meeting place, an inclusive form of theatre that flourished especially in New York, where it fostered cultural exchange among the city's ethnic groups.
Our Roots
The Benson Theatre first operated as the Benalto Theater from 1923 to 1926. It could seat an assembly of 400 for vaudeville performances, film screenings and community events.


Lettuce Turnip the Beet


Lettuce Turnip the Beet

Ocotber 10 | 6:oopm

“Youth Open Mic + Poetry Slam for poets under 21! 

Sign-up begins at 5:30 PM. Open mic starts at 6:00 PM, poetry slam to follow. 

Sign-up space is limited, so arrive early + help us turnip the beet! 

$2 suggested donation at the door.

The October Slam is an (Almost) No Rules Slam! Your poems MUST still be under 3 minutes + 10 seconds, but if you have a poem about Batman + also love wearing capes, wear the cape! If you want to do a group piece with 7 other people onstage, do it! If you want the audience to help read your poem, we’ll allow it! 

Get creative + get to writing!”


Help Open Our Doors

A $3 million capital campaign is under way to renovate 6054 Maple Street and build out our staffing and programming. Consider a donation today! For more information, contact Benson Theatre Executive Director Amy Ryan at info@bensontheatre.org.