Available Now!

Music Hall: How a City Built a Theater and a Theater Shaped a City

By J. Dennis Robinson

Available for pick up now at the B2W Box Office, 28 Chestnut St., or order online today:
RiverRun Bookstore in Portsmouth
Water Street Bookstore in Exeter
Barnes & Noble

This fully researched, color illustrated history traces the cultural development of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, from the arrival of its first settlers. The Music Hall was built in 1878 and expanded by “ale tycoon” Frank Jones in 1901. Within these brick walls generations have watched America evolve from minstrel shows to musicals and Hollywood blockbusters, from animal acts to symphony orchestras, and from vaudeville to TEDx talks. Shuttered and decaying during World War II, New Hampshire’s vintage venue went on the auction block in 1945. It served as a movie house for the next four decades. Saved from demolition by a grassroots team of volunteers in the 1980s and gradually restored to its Victorian splendor, it has been pivotal in revitalizing the city’s downtown. Signature programs like the “Telluride by the Sea Film Festival” and “Writers on a New England Stage” put this historic theater on the national map. A must-read for anyone who cherishes the performing arts.


Check out Bite-Sized History

A limited video series companion to the book!



Music Hall Branded Loot!

All your Music Hall branded merchandise - from masks to t-shirts and sweatshirts - in one place! Support a good cause and look good doing it!

Movie Passes

Passes are redeemable for tickets to our Cinema series. Some restrictions apply.

Gift Memberships

If you wish to gift a membership to someone, please purchase online, or contact Patron Services at 603.436.2400, info@themusichall.org.