Barrington Stage

30 Union Street,
Pittsfield, MA 01201

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Functions: Concerts, Live Theater

Previous Names: Union Square Theatre, Berkshire Public Theatre, Paris Cinema, Berkshire Music Hall

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 413.236.8888

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Barrington Stage

Located in the building that was once a movie house called the Union Square Theatre which opened on September 16, 1912. It closed in 1959. It reopened as the Paris Cinema on July 18, 1969 and closed in 1980. In the 1990’s the building hosted only live performances as the Berkshire Public Theatre, closing down in 1995. It became the Berkshire Music Hall, and underwent renovations costing approximately $500,000. By 2014 it had been renamed Barrington Stage.

Contributed by Roger Katz

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Gerald A. DeLuca
Gerald A. DeLuca on July 31, 2004 at 5:34 pm

The theatre is in fact being currently used for stage shows and other acts. Some are sponsored by the Colonial Theatre restoration organization in order to raise needed funds for that project.

I haven’t been inside this theatre yet, but the entrance is an ugly botched mess I hope is eventually improved and made more attractive.

Ron Newman
Ron Newman on July 9, 2005 at 3:42 am

The Barrington Stage Company, now a summer-only theatre based in Sheffield, purchased the Berkshire Music Hall and the adjoining Octagon House two days ago. The purchase cost $785,000. The company plans to continue renovations begun last year by the previous owner, Raymond Schilke.

Story in today’s Berkshire Eagle
Story in today’s Boston Globe

The status should be changed to “Open/Renovating”, as the theatre is currently in use.

CTCrouch on April 9, 2006 at 1:07 am

I went to a couple of Saturday kids' matinees at this theatre when it was known as the Paris. I recall there being a short hallway, leading to a concession stand and waiting area, that were seperated from the theatre by curtain covered doorways. The theatre itself was square in shape, with a relatively high ceiling, and wood floors. At that time, the theatre was kept unusually dark; perhaps, to hide the building’s poor condition.

Years later, I attended a play at this location, when it was the Berkshire Public Theatre. The interior had been renovated by then and appeared to be in good shape. However, from more recent pictures, it appears the venue fell back in to disrepair rather quickly.

Throughout it’s various incarnations, the building’s purpose/name was advertised via a second story wall mural that often revieled previous tenants, as the paint began to fade and chip.

rsalters (Ron Salters)
rsalters (Ron Salters) on January 3, 2007 at 7:54 am

As the Union Square Theatre, it was profiled in the MGM Theatre Photograph and Report project. There is an exterior photo dated April 1941. The photo was taken from the same angle as the color photo posted above on April 4, 2005 by Gerry Deluca. High up on the end wall was a lighted sign with the theatre’s name. Above the entrance was a small marquee with the Union Square name on the frnt and sides. Posted on the marquee in white letters on a dark background is the movie, James Stewart and Paulette Goddard in “Pot O' Gold”. The Report says that the theatre is on Union St., that it is not a MGM customer, that it was built about 1915, is in Fair condition, and has 500 seats, apparently all on one floor. There is a notation that the Union Square Theatre plays non-MGM first-run films.

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 21, 2007 at 1:58 am

Now known as Barringgton Stage, website

Roger Katz
Roger Katz on January 21, 2007 at 1:59 am

er Barrington is the correct spelling

kencmcintyre on February 20, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Here is a May 1952 ad from the Berkshire Evening Eagle:

rivest266 on March 17, 2019 at 11:20 am

First mentioned in the Eagle as the Union Square theatre on September 16th, 1912 and closed in 1959. Reopened as Paris Cinema on July 18th, 1969 and closed in 1980. 1969 grand opening ad posted.

DavidZornig on May 26, 2021 at 12:30 pm

Undated photo as Union Square Theatre added courtesy Ralph Montgomery.

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