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The Bushnell: Connecticut's Premier Performing Arts Center

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The Bushnell at Night - Photographer: Robert Benson
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As Connecticut's premier presenter of the performing arts, The Bushnell has delighted and inspired audiences for more than seven decades and plays a leading role in the state's cultural life. The Bushnell, a not-for-profit organization, is renowned for community programs, as well as being a leading educator and advocate of the arts. The Bushnell was built in 1930 by Dotha Bushnell Hillyer as a "living memorial" to her father, the Reverend Dr. Horace Bushnell (1802-1876), a Hartford minister, theologian, philosopher and civic leader.

With an annual roster of over 350 events and an annual audience of over 300,000, The Bushnell is a major economic driver for the Greater Hartford region and the State of Connecticut. The number of annual events and attendance has increased by 50% with the opening of the new addition.

The center, which seats 2800, was designed by the architectural firm of Corbett, Harrison and MacMurray, designers of New York's Radio City Music Hall. It was built with a traditional Georgian Revival exterior and rich Art Deco interior. Drama, the largest hand-painted ceiling mural of its type in the United States, is suspended from the Hall's roof by numerous metal supports. Painted by Barry Faulkner, the painting cost $50,000 to create in 1929.

Diverse Programming
The Bushnell presents major Broadway tours, symphony orchestras, family presentations, and children's theater. In 2001, The Bushnell also began presenting off-Broadway, jazz, blues, cabaret and comedy performances as well as concerts and world music events.

Belding Theater View from the Balcony
Photographer: Robert Benson
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The Bushnell is an active supporter of Hartford's diverse performing arts and community organizations. The theater serves as the performance home of Hartford Symphony Orchestra and The Connecticut Forum. In fact, three-quarters of The Bushnell's yearly bookable dates are utilized by local arts and community productions. In its role as supporter of the local arts, The Bushnell provides leadership and technical assistance to community and arts organizations, as well as rental discounts of more than $350,000 annually.

The Bushnell also reaches out to the community in numerous other ways. Each year, thousands of complimentary tickets are donated to schools, churches and civic groups, making the arts more accessible to everyone. Over the years, The Hall has also provided many community organizations with a venue for varied public activities, including spelling bees, war-relief efforts, naturalization ceremonies, high school graduations, charity benefits and political events, including the 1996 Presidential Debate.

The Bushnell's address and contact info:

166 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106 br> Administration Offices 860-987-6000
Toll-free 888-824-2874
Email: The Bushnell Contact Us form

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The Bushnell Box Office at Night
Photographer: Robert Benson

Mortensen Hall View from Stage
The striking art-deco interior of the 2,800-seat Mortensen Hall stands in contrast to its conservative exterior. The ceiling features the largest hand-painted ceiling mural in the United States, "Drama," painted by Barry Faulkner.

Mortensen Hall View from Balcony
View of the grand Mortensen Stage as seen from the balcony.

Belding Theater Ceiling Mural
The center panel of Mortensen Hall's ceiling is the largest hand-painted ceiling mural in the United States. Painted by Barry Faulkner in 1929 with a group of Prix de Rome artists, it is entitled "Drama."
Photographer: Robert Benson

Belding Theater View from Stage
The Belding Stage is intimate and luxurious, with a stunning ceiling mural entitled "Music of the Spheres." No seat in the theater is more than 75 feet from the stage.
Photographer: Robert Benson

Seaverns Room
The beautiful hand-carved woodwork and lovely chandeliers of this colonial room create a luxurious setting for receptions. The room contains a chamber stage with a baby grand piano, as well as an outdoor terrace.

Autorino Great Hall - A prominent feature of the Center, the Autorino Great Hall is a truly dramatic space completely enclosed in glass. The gable-vaulted ceiling rises 35 feet above the floor and provides the backdrop for a unique glass chandelier designed by artist Dale Chihuly.
Photographer: Robert Benson

Grand Staircase
Photographer: Robert Benson

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