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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Mwenso and The Shakes

Wednesday, June 20
7:00pm

This unique troupe of global artists presents music that merges the highest form of entertainment and artistry while commanding a formidable timeline of jazz and blues expression through African and Afro American music. Doors open at 6:00pm
$5 at the door

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Matt Hackett Trio

Thursday, June 28
7:00 to 11:00pm

Live jazz returns to Benson with saxophonist Matt Hackett and his trio. Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7pm. All proceeds benefit the restoration of the historic Benson Theatre.
$5 cover, drink specials

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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.