In 1878, when Martin Hubbard built the opera house at 25 East Main Street in Cambridge, there was already an opera house in town. Most small villages in the country had one. Shushan had one, Eagle Bridge had one, Greenwich had three. Now, 135 years later, Hubbard Hall is the last remaining opera house in Washington County, New York. One hundred years ago it was home to traveling road shows, church benefits, local concerts, high school graduations, town meetings, dress balls and chautauquas. Although the hall closed in the 1920s and remained unused for 50 years, it is once again a hub of cultural activity for its community. In 1978 members of the community formed Hubbard Hall Projects, Inc. (HHP), a not-for-profit corporation and purchased the building to restore and operate it as a community art center.
Capacity And Seating Type (Stadium, Folding Chair, Balcony)
Hubbard Hall operates four buildings across our campus, including the original 1878 opera house and three recently renovated freight yard buildings containing dance, music, and visual arts studios, offices, arts exhibit spaces, and a black box theater. We also own and operate the Cambridge Community Garden, a collaborative garden managed entirely by volunteers and engaging hundreds of students each year with opportunities to grow and harvest their own vegetables. Recognized as an arts institution in the state of New York, Hubbard Hall is a national model for community-based arts organizations.
Describe Performances And Events
Theater, Music, Opera, Dance, and the Visual Arts
Since 1878 Hubbard Hall has developed, produced, and presented theater, music, dance, and the visual arts and in recent years has become a world-class development center for new work. Since 1977, Hubbard Hall’s current 501c3 has engaged thousands of artists, students, and audience members in acclaimed productions of theater, opera, music, and dance.
Our education programs are at the heart of our work, as we engage learners of all ages in hundreds of classes and workshops annually, both on campus and off.
Classes on Campus
As a training ground for both young and seasoned artists, Hubbard Hall continues to develop a new generation of artists and audiences while providing opportunities for individuals to take new risks and grow beyond their comfort zone. Through classes in dance, theater, music, movement, visual arts, puppetry, creative writing, martial arts, yoga, and even gardening, Hubbard Hall gives students of all ages an opportunity to learn, collaborate, and grow.
In addition to offering student matinees and scholarships for students to attend some of our fee-based classes, we provide free programs in the classroom, including playwriting and performance-based programming. By offering arts education programming in schools and throughout our region, we connect more deeply with our community and give students throughout the region the opportunity to learn and grow through the arts. We have a rare partnership with our local school district, Cambridge Central School, and lead their Drama Club here at the Hall, giving these young students a chance to work and train with seasoned artists in a world-class facility. We also partner with Bennington and Skidmore Colleges to provide professional theater training to their undergraduate students. We provide professional fellowships for current students and recent graduates as well.
Don't Miss This When Visiting
The first floor of our Victorian architectural gem houses The Village Store, a general store with a wide variety of clothing, toys, housewares and gifts and The Valley Artisans’ Market, a gallery displaying the works of regional artists and craftspeople.
Identify And Describe The Management Organization
Hubbard Hall is a 501(c)3 arts and education center supporting creativity and inviting participation to make art and community happen.