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.

HAPPENING AT B SIDE

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Jon Dee Graham & The Fighting Cocks

Tuesday, July 10
6:00 to 9:00pm

Graham and his acclaimed band have held down a Wednesday night residency for more than 17 years at Austin’s famed Continental Club, sharing the night with James McMurtry. Don’t miss this rare “outside of Austin” performance.
Doors open at 5:30pm | $15 day of show

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Industry Self-Defense Class + Luncheon

Wednesday, July 18
11:00am to noon

Sponsored by the Benson Neighborhood Association. Discuss, review and practice common myths about self defense. Free lunch provided by Star Deli.
Register for free here

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Help Open Our Doors

A $2.8 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.