Entertainment Centers of Downtown Albany

Tour curated by: S. C. Kaufman

Albany has been the capital of New York State since 1797, and yet many visitors- foreign or domestic- confuse New York City as the pinnacle of all that is New York. If Albany is the capital of New York, then why does everyone believe it’s New York City? Our government rests here, yes, but we also have a plethora of entertainment centers that cater to different venue needs and performers. Unlike New York City, our capital offers venues available from national headliner tours, such as those of Frank Sinatra and Green Day at the Times Union Center, to local theaters, like that of the Park Playhouse, which offers a free venue to local community theaters over the warmer months. Everyone from local theater or musical classes, to big-time musical managers will enjoy a walking tour of the many entertainment venues available in Albany, New York, whether they’re on a class trip, taking a stroll on a spring evening, or scoping out their next performance center.

Locations for Tour

The Washington Armory has probably one of the most unique histories of the entertainment centers in Albany. It was originally established as the housing center for the Tenth Battalion of the New York National Guard. In 1890, construction began, with…

The Times Union Center, victim to many renamings, rebrandings, and rehauls, was first opened in 1990, christened with a performance from Frank Sinatra. Along with the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), the Times Union Center is one of the…

Despite sitting in the heart of perhaps the most historic part of New York State, the Egg Theater was only built in the 1960s. The Egg “was established to present quality performances, accessible to all citizens of New York State, highlighting…

A beautiful playhouse located on a beautiful pond, the Park Playhouse of Washington Park sits in the heart of outdoor activities in Albany in the warmer months. It remains as one of the few remaining spots in this big city that provides free family…

When you imagine what an old-timey theater might have looked like in the height of popularity for musicals, you’d probably imagine the Palace Theater. To this day, the front sign remains lit up with flashing bulbs more reminiscent of jazz clubs and…