11 E Broadway, Salem, NY
Fort Salem Theater, still known by villagers as the Brick Church, faces out toward a broad, tree lined street in Salem's National Historic District. The theater presides in majesty over its neighbors, which include many gracious homes dating from the early 1800's, with its tall steeple and towering white columns supporting a Greek Revival portico over white marble steps. The chapel, once home to dressing rooms and a scene shop, has become an elegant 60-seat Cabaret, with state-of-the-art lighting and sound. The 198-seat Mainstage, like the Cabaret designed by David Pedimonte, has been totally renovated, with a proscenium arch, new stage, and new appointments, beautifully executed by Jewett Restorations of Saratoga Springs. While changes have been made to intensify the dramatic experience for theater aficionados, efforts are always made to preserve the historic nature of the building. Some of the original wooden pews remain on premises, but the uncomfortable seats from the nineteenth century have been replaced with seats donated from and by Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theater.
This listing courtesy of Douglas Elliman