About the eba Theater
purchased this beautiful four story theater from the Daughters of the
Eastern Star in 1977. Located on the Corner of Lark Street and Hudson
Avenue in downtown Albany, the 13,500 square foot facility includes:
- a 200 movable seat theater with a stage, on the second floor.
- a 1,080 square foot studio, on the first floor.
- one retail shop, on the street level.
- locker rooms with showers, offices, a kitchen, and a costume shop and a caretakers apartment on the fourth floor.
The eba Theater is part of the fabric of the neighborhood. The
theater is the home of Maude Baum and Company, everything but
anchovies Dance Theatre, Kids Dancspace @ eba, eba
Center for Dance and Fitness, and The eba Art Gallery. Beyond the
resident companies, local artists use the facility for rehearsal and
performances. eba sponsors invited artists on a regular basis. Lively,
artistic activities bustle throughout the building from 8am until
midnight. Community groups use the hall for performances, meetings,
receptions; voting even takes place at the theater.
Historically, the four story theater was built in 1916 as the Chapter
House for the Daughters of the Eastern Star. The interior has been
carefully preserved including the milk glass chandeliers, tin ceilings,
hard wood floors, gold leaf trim, and side balcony on the second floor
auditorium. From Mrs. Munson’s School of Proper Dance through a Chuck
Berry Performance, to Maude Baum and Company as artists-in-residence;
the eba Theater has a rich history as a vibrant center for unique