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Over the years, these buildings erected in 1836 and 1882 have seen a variety of uses, from church, chapel and meeting hall, to school rooms, and finally, a flurry of theatrical activity.

Now, in addition to the home of theater and musical performances produced by Fort Salem Theater, the mainstage and cabaret spaces, each appropriately heated and air-conditioned, are available for rental and/or productions by independent entrepreneurs, for business meetings, and for social events. Corporate clients have included the Salem Courthouse Community Center, the American Cancer Society, and Glens Falls National Bank. Local performing artists Kimerer LaMothe and Geoffrey Gee produced a concert celebrating the impending birth of their fifth child. The year 2009 ended with the first wedding on site since the theater ceased being a church in the late sixties.

When first one thinks of the newly-renovated facility, the mind goes to the magnificent Mainstage, a two-hundred seat masterpiece re-designed in 2007 by David Pedemonti and APA Music/Pictures of Philadelphia and executed by Jewett Restorations of Saratoga. The theatrical seating was donated by the management of Broadway's Helen Hayes Theater, comfortable once-reupholstered antiques with an impressive history themselves. The stanchions adorning them on the aisles were painted and regilded for the Hayes's own renovation in 2007, and then also donationed when their classic look clashed with the Broadway theater's new look. Their loss; our gain.
The first space to open in July, 2007, under our renovation plan was the Cabaret at Fort Salem Theater, a little jewel box that hosts musical performances, designed by Pedemonti to reflect the Mainstage in miniature. Lawrence Hillis in The Eagle described the atmosphere as "the meeting of old friends" with "the beauty of a romantic candle lit dinner." The room features a recessed 8' by 6' stage with state-of-the-art lighting and sound, an antique six foot Knabe Grand Piano in Brazilian rosewood, up to sixteen cabaret tables, and chairs that match the walls of burgundy and gold. With tables, the room can seat forty-five; for stage or business events without tables, the capacity is sixty.
Cabaret Glamor
Whether it's a wedding in the cabaret, a reception in the lobby, a wine tasting benefit, a catered dinner, a corporate meeting in the Mainstage and reception to follow, or a new concept you have for the space that we've never thought of, Fort Salem has the facilities and the atmosphere that make your event a unique and successful one. Call Jay Kerr at (518) 854-9200 to make arrangements for a tour of the Fort and a variety of ideas for your next function.

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