A look at the size of Capital Region concert venues

troy savings bank music hall

The arrangement of the Troy Music Hall's 1,253 seats hasn't changed since the building opened in 1875.

After seeing the proposal for a new 700-800 person concert venue in North Albany this week, we were curious about how a bunch of local venues shape up in terms of crowd capacity.

In part, the size of venues matters because the range of options in an area can affect the range of acts that come to town. And also, we were just curious.

So we looked up the numbers...

We collected these numbers from listed capacities on venue websites, conversations with club owners and promoters, and published reports. Sources are noted after each figure (and linked).

Some of these figures are not official. Some of the figures depend on the configuration of the venue for each show. And is it possible some venues have fit more people in than the listed capacities for some shows? Sure.

This is not a comprehensive list.

Comments


What about Proctors?

Speaking of concerts, i see that Countryfest is coming to the Schaghticoke Fairgrounds. While i'm not remotely interested in country music, i'm curious as to how on earth they could possibly host an event of this size. (And what it means for the small town.)

@komradebob: Erp. It looks like Proctors entry got lost when I dumped stuff into the spreadsheet. It's updated now. Thanks.

What about Proctor's other theater space (Where the 8th Step holds its concerts)?

The GE Theatre at Proctors seats 436.

Underground at Proctors, site of some 8th Step concerts and Mopco's home space, can accommodate just over 100.

What about the RPI Houston Field House? Now that they're back to hosting concerts...

This is a good illustration of why 28 Thatcher would be quite welcome. Besides the Egg, there aren't really any "mid-size" venues truly in the city of Albany or Saratoga. Troy has been making waves with nightlife for a while but two of the biggest scenes in the region have few options. So bands and fans are left trekking to UCH.

And the Egg... everyone has different tastes. But for me, they seem to book some weird stuff, generally more "arts" oriented music than the stuff you'd see at Rev Hall, UCH, Putnam Den or hopefully the proposed project. Choices are good!

Revolution Hall... the perfect size venue in a great building, attached to a freakin' brewpub(!), in a convenient location (with parking!) and with a good booking agency.

And the only one on the list not in business.

Just for fun, Cohoes Music Hall has 500 seats, according to Wikipedia. Also, it's the fourth oldest music hall currently in use in the country.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cohoes_Music_Hall

The Glens Falls Civic Center holds 4,806

Valentine's is 300-ish upstairs, 125 downstairs..

Was revolution halls capacity only 500? It felt like it could easily triple valentine's in capacity when i last played there... But I could be remembering through rose colored glasses.

there are occasional shows at Steamer 10 also

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