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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Chinook Residency

Sunday, Jan. 20
7:00pm
The Chinook winds of the north occur rarely, bringing warmth and respite to nature and humankind alike. So aspire the musicians of the Chinook Collaborative ensemble. The group has a range of repertoire and performance venues with a relaxed vibe and camaraderie that is rare to find in any chamber group.

$15 at the door

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Grand Opening of The Nest

Thursday, Jan. 24
7:00pm
Local author and strategic success coach Robin Hesselgesser founded The Nest (Nurturing Empowerment, Success & Truth) as a meet-up group designed to help its members execute their dreams and reach self-fulfillment. She is now ready to introduce that group – more than 600 members strong – to the general public. The evening will include heavy hors d’oeuvres, entertainment, a cash bar and a raffle drawing for a custom painting by Hesselgesser, who’s also an artist.

$25 | purchase tickets 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.