5 Facts About The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts

Bushnell Center For The Performing Arts Hartford Connecticut

The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts is a theater center in Hartford Connecticut, and it is home to two theaters, including a significant stop for touring Broadway shows.

Here are five facts about this historic home of the performing arts.

1. Lobby

Mortensen Hall Lobby Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts Hartford Connecticut

One of the lobbies of the Mortensen Hall theater was created by removing several rows of seats, and increasing the incline of the audience, improving the experience of theatergoers in the process.

2. Theaters

The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts holds two main theaters. The biggest, Mortensen Hall, typically presents touring versions of Broadway shows, and the Belding Theater is often home to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra as well as other shows.

3. Designers

Mortensen Hall Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts Theater Hartford Connecticut

Mortensen Hall shares its designers with the iconic Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

4. Opening

The first phase of construction of the center, including Mortensen Hall, originally opened in 1930.

5. Phantom of the Opera

Mortensen Hall Ceiling Mural Bushnell Theater Hartford Connecticut

If you look above you in Mortensen Hall, you will see a massive mural on the ceiling. If you look even closer, you may see a hole in this mural, created to allow a touring version of the musical Phantom of the Opera to install its chandelier in the theater.