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About the Music Hall Loft

Patty Larkin Live@The Loft :: (c) David Murray, Clear Eye Photo

The Loft: The Center for Performing Arts, Literature and Education

“…in the brand new, very chic Music Hall Loft. Those familiar with the sublimely renovated Music Hall will not be surprised to hear that its new affiliated Loft is a gorgeously designed space offering numerous pleasures: It is sleek, modern, and stocked with a full bar and a selection of victuals you can bring to your seats in its intimate theater, which provide plenty of leg room and even a shelf for your drink.”
– Portland Phoenix

Just around the corner from The Music Hall’s landmark Historic Theater, the Loft offers the same fabulous on-stage and on-screen programs but in a contemporary intimate setting (124 seats), with gourmet food and cocktails that can be taken right to each seat. Signature programs include Writers in the Loft, Live@the Loft, Hilarity@The Music Hall, Extraordinary Cinema and Innovation and Leadership Programs, including the popular Digital Portsmouth. Recently named “best performing arts venue” by Yankee Magazine and the recipient of the NH AIA award for design excellence, the Loft is also the site for the institution’s Explore + Learn program, encompassing all age offerings such as master classes with visiting artists. Opened in 2011, the Loft and its programs have brought a new dynamism to Portsmouth’s cultural scene and further illuminate the city as a center for inspiration and entertainment in coastal New England.