Bardavon - Legendary Performers Since 1869






Individual and Corporate Capital Gifts


If you would like to make a capital contribution in support of the ongoing renovation of New York's oldest, continually operating theater contact AnnMarie Faust, Managing Director of Administration, Development & Finance, at (845)473-5288 ext. 103 or send an email.


The Bardavon 1869 Opera House in Poughkeepsie and the Ulster Performing Arts Center in Kingston are two glorious places of entertainment destined to share a parallel existence – the older coming of age with a movie palace makeover in the 20s, and the younger born in that heyday of the silver screen. Mid-nineteenth century saw some sprucing up as the former Collingwood Opera House’s interior was varnished with a dose of “deco” in 1947, and in 1953 the former Broadway Theater’s façade was adorned with that now-signature neoclassical portico. The 70s found both theaters in a downtown downward-spiral, but each was retrieved from demolition by those who cared, restored to operation, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In 2007 the Bardavon merged UPAC into our corporate and management structure to bring more diverse and stellar performances to a greater regional audience. As the Bardavon’s “second stage”, UPAC offers ample space, not only a 1500-seat capacity (the Bardavon seats 944), but also two expansive lobbies and the Encore a new artists “Green Room”. After decades of sharing the spotlight as the Hudson Valley’s leading performance venues, the Bardavon and UPAC were joined.

The stewardship of a historic theater (much less two!) is a challenging and costly undertaking. Over the past fifteen years, we have spent more than $9 million on capital renovations and improvements for the Bardavon. Significant improvements include the marquee/façade restoration, box office/lobby/restroom renovations, stagehouse renovation, structural and exteriors stabilization, as well as HVAC upgrades. These projects were funded through both public and private sources including the US Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) secured by Congressman Maurice Hinchey; NYS Environmental Protection Fund (EPF) & Bond Act grants through the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation; NYS Community Capital Assistance Program (C-Cap) grant sponsored by Senator Stephen Saland; NYS Member Item from Assemblyman Thomas Kirwan; NYS Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Capital Program; NYS Energy Resource and Development Authority; Dutchess County Industrial Development Agency (IDA); Dutchess County Arts Council; Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) through the City of Poughkeepsie; Dyson Foundation; Jane W. Nuhn Charitable Trust; James J. McCann Charitable Trust; Kresge Foundation; Jeanette Schlobach Charitable Trust; Millbrook Tribute Garden; Louis Greenspan Charitable Trust; and numerous contributors to The Esplanade Walk Of Fame initiative. As with any structure that spans multiple centuries, capital issues persist.

Our recent acquisition of UPAC adds a second venue which requires levels of restoration, preservation, and upgrades in order to maximize its safety, comfort, and accessibility for all. Congressman Hinchey’s comment, “Without some sort of financial assistance, UPAC may only be preserved in memories …” continues as a call to action.

Generous grants from government and the private sector sources supported preliminary phases of our capital improvement plan for UPAC. These improvements include $2 million for restoration of the storefronts and masonry of the façade building; the relocation/upgrade of auditorium sound mix position to make way for an orchestra level wheelchair seating; the renovation of UPAC’s projection booth with the acquisition of a new 35mm projection system; a façade/portico/stagehouse roof replacement; emergency masonry repair/restoration, the addition of a new Green Room and other assorted projects. These projects were made possible by a major combined capital/program grant from the Dyson Foundation, a NYSCA Capital Grant, and supported by a HUD grant through Congressman Hinchey together with a NYS EPF Grant, NYS Legislature Member Item and NYS C-Cap grants initiated by Senator William Larkin, Senator John Bonacic, Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, as well as CDBG funding through the City of Kingston and RUPCO (Rural Ulster Preservation Company).

*As of September 2011 playbill printing deadline.






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