Theater, music, and the multi-arts organizations offer a wide range of entertainment to the area.
The Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks maintains the best one-stop calendar in the area.
There is far more to the performing arts scene than most people realize. Take a look at this list:
Recovery Lounge: This is Scott Renderer’s place in Upper Jay. Also known as Upper Jay Upholstery. And also known as The Upper Jay Art Center. This place is the scene of excellent and intimate theater and musical events.
East Branch Friends of the Arts: This local group that has held art festivals, a photo show, staged plays and musical events, kite contests and much more.
The Keene Valley Library Association is an independent non-profit library with an extensive archive collection. They host lectures, movies, and other events regularly. During the summer, their Monday evening lecture series is one of the town’s longest running programs. Drop by for some quiet time or to use the public wi-fi and computers they maintain.
The Lake Placid Center for the Arts has an extensive calendar of theater, dance and music productions all year. The New York Metropolitan Opera live HD broadcasts and encore performances are shown here
Pendragon Theater: This group performs shows all year and has its own theater space in Saranac Lake.
Depot Theater: This is a summer theater group that uses performance space in the Westport train station.
Seagle Music Colony: This is a summer school training people on a track to be professional vocal performers in Broadway musicals and opera. Truly excellent performances. It is in Schroon Lake, about 30-40 minutes south.
Theater Program at SUNY Plattsburgh: Stage performances throughout the academic year.
Lake Placid Sinfonietta: Billing itself as the orchestra of the Adirondacks they perform in July and August in many locations around the Park. They have a concert at the small park on Mirror Lake in the middle of Lake Placid early on Wednesday evenings in July and August.
Meadowmount School of Music: This is a summer school for advanced training in classical music performance, particularly string instruments and piano. Three concerts each week are open to the public. Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma and Itzhak Perlman all attended this school. It is a serious place with excellent talent.
Bluseed Studios: Bluseed Studios provides a project space where artists have the opportunity to exhibit, perform and share with the community. Its Cedar Street Warehouse is home to ceramic and printmaking studios, and a 2000-square-foot gallery/performance space.
Saranac Lake Waterhole another fine Saranac Lake place that draws in big national music acts. In its earlier days this was Waterhole #3 and it has been through lots of changes.
Lake Placid Institute: This organization does a lot of things but my favorite is a lecture program that brings notable people to speak in Lake Placid.
The Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake is a touring summer theater of notable quality.
Movie Theaters in the Area
Getting to the movies means a drive, so you want to know what’s on and when before you leave home.
Lake Placid Movie listings and times: This link takes you to the movie listings and show times for the Palace Theater on Main Street in Lake Placid.
Ausable Forks Movie listings and times: This link takes you to the movie listings and show times for the Hollywood Theater in Ausable Forks. During portions of the year they are closed.
Plattsburg Champlain Center Movie Theater: This link will show you the movie listing and show times for the large multi-screen theater in the Plattsburgh shopping mall near the food court and Target.
Champlain Valley Film Society is based in Westport and shows films weekly, all year. Check on this site for titles, times and locations. You can subscribe to get a regular email with this information.
On a snowy winter night you might just want to know what is on TV so check out the KVVI Cable TV listings And I’ll just point out the video and movies via that internet come in endless variety, far too vast to mention here – but, be aware that you need more than a basic net connection for movies to work well and without interruption. Satellite TV is also locally popular especially among sports fans.