Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

The Maxwell M. and Ruth R. Belding Theater


One of Connecticut’s premier performing arts centers, the Bushnell Center has a 70 year history. Since 1930, many of the world’s most talented singers, dancers and actors – such as Pavarotti, Baryshnikov, Katherine Hepburn and Judy Garland – have performed on its stage.

The Belding Theater was added to the Bushnell Center in in 2001. FDA contributed both to the planning and design of this new, state-of-the-art performance hall. A planning study confirmed the need for an expanded venue, and the resulting expansion added a 900-seat theater to the historic 2,000 seat Art Deco-style auditorium. The new theatre has a stage house 92-foot-wide and 42-foot-deep; beautifully designed orchestra, mezzanine and private box seating, and expanded and enhanced patron and performer amenities.

Other features include a new rehearsal hall that holds special events, VIP patron lounges, and significantly expanded lobbies and restrooms. This new, smaller stage provides local organizations with a high-quality facility for a diverse range of arts and community presentations, and frees approximately 25 dates in the larger hall by transferring programming better suited to presentation in a smaller facility.

  • Client: The Bushnell Theatre
  • Architect: Wilson Butler Architects
  • Completion Year: 2001
  • Location: Hartford, Connecticut
  • Acoustician: Jaffe Holden Acoustics
  • Capacity: 907 seats

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