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Address: 134 E Vine St, Kalamazoo, MI 49001-2602
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+1 269-381-3328
10:00 - 14:00
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Kalamazoo's New Vic Theatre was founded in 1966 by Kalamazoo residents Ted...

Kalamazoo's New Vic Theatre was founded in 1966 by Kalamazoo residents Ted & Mary Jo Kistler. For over 45 years, The New Vic Theatre has entertained Southwest Michigan and Northern Indiana audiences carving a unique place for itself in the economy and theatrical tradition of the area.The New Vic's original production of "A Christmas Carol" (recipient of a "Special Tribute" from The State of Michigan in 1999) and the annual Christmas Concerts featuring The New Vic Theatre Chorus are among Kalamazoo's oldest on-going holiday presentations and have become an integral part of the holiday season for thousands of Southwest Michigan theatergoers.Located close to the heart of downtown Kalamazoo, the theatre's comfortable cabaret-style seating and intimate size, enhanced by a concession that serves a variety of hot & cold non-alcoholic beverages, lend to its unique atmosphere.The New Vic's flexible modular auditorium allows for innovative staging ranging from the complete round to conventional proscenium format. Efficient central heating and air conditioning allows for comfortable year-round operation.Of The New Vic's more than 325 productions to date, over 80% have been plays introduced to Kalamazoo audiences for the first time. Several plays ("Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat", "Green Julia" by Paul Abelman, "Are You Now Or Have You Ever Been" and "The Memoirs Of Pontius Pilate" both by Eric Bentley) were presented to New Vic audiences prior to their Broadway premieres.The New Vic Theatre's season of productions begins in early February and runs through December 29 each year. January dates are normally reserved for the New Vic's popular January Concert Series, featuring a variety of musical groups or individual performers.Playing primarily weekends only -- except during the holidays when the performance schedule is greatly expanded -- and with only 100 available seats for each performance, The New Vic plays to over 10,000 theatre patrons annually bringing thousands of dollars to the downtown Kalamazoo area.The New Vic is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation (New Vic Theatricals, Inc) and owns its own facility at 134 E. Vine St. in Kalamazoo.

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A Very Engaging Theatre Experience

My family and I visited the New Vice for their annual A Christmas Carol show. It was our first time and a fantastic experience. The theater is quite small and you feel immersed... read more

Reviewed 27 December 2015
Portage, Michigan
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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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Reviewed 23 May 2016 via mobile

I have been to the New Vic in several occasions and never been disappointed. We even have a family tradition of seeing A Christmas Carol here every year. Even after moving to Indiana I will come back for the New Vic. Also their fuzzies (I honestly can't remember the exact name for the drinks right now) are amazing and I... More 

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Portage, Michigan
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Reviewed 27 December 2015

My family and I visited the New Vice for their annual A Christmas Carol show. It was our first time and a fantastic experience. The theater is quite small and you feel immersed in the show. My boys 9 and 12 loved the performance. The theater had a small concession stand and a great atmosphere. We really enjoyed the show... More 

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Reviewed 7 March 2013

This theater has been part of Kalamazoo for years, run by the same family. Wonderful intimate theater, good variety of offerings through the year, great snacks! Try the Almondine fuzz.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
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Reviewed 19 December 2012

It was a great opportunity to see the Christmas Carol when we were in Kalamazoo recently. However, the play was not up to the level of a production like that done by the Grand Rapids Civic Theater or Circle Theater. It was easy to see that this was a family and friends affair. This version of the Christmas Carol had... More 

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East Lansing, Michigan
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Reviewed 2 November 2012

My love affair with the New Vic began in the 1960s when I was new to Kalamazoo and attended a play. Later, as a reviwer for the Kalamazoo Gazette, Ted and Mary Jo Kistler made me and my family feel welcome, not just because I was a reviewer, but as true friends. My children, who grew up as died-in-the-wool Cubs... More 

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Battle Creek, Michigan
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Reviewed 31 October 2012

Not an outstanding venue, but fun all the same. We went to see A Christmas Carol and you are sitting right in the middle of the play itself, which was fun indeed. Very small and intimate for a theater.

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