The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance is located in the Delaware Arts Center inside the historic Arlington Hotel at 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg, New York.
The Arlington Hotel was built in 1894 and was initially operated by J.G. Gutheil. During the 1890s, the hotel accommodated adventurers and explorers including canoer J. Wallace Hoff of Delaware, who later spoke highly of the hospitality and attractive waitresses. During the 1920s, businessman George Oellrich bought the hotel for use as a general store, which later became the first Peck’s Market in the area. The building was purchased by Delaware Valley Arts Alliance in 1981. The Arlington Hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 31, 1983.
The hotel is a four story frame structure, five bays wide and three bays deep. The upper three stories are covered in clapboard and the first floor in modern wood siding and permastone. It features a second story porch that spans the south facade.
Over the past 80 years, the deco-style auditorium has had several transformations.
Built in 1926 by the Narrowsburg firemen, it was originally called the Community Hall and used as a dance and banquet facility. In the 1930s, Harvey English, a theatre chain owner from Hancock, NY, converted the dance hall into a sloped floor movie house. After the conversion, English leased the space from the firemen and ran a commercial movie operation, the Park Theater, for a number of years. The movie business was bought out, changed hands a few times, and then closed permanently in 1985. In the meantime, the firemen sold the building to the Town of Tusten for use as a town hall.
In the fall of 1987, the Town of Tusten and the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance (DVAA) negotiated a lease that would give management of the theatre portion of the building to DVAA. They renamed the space Tusten Theatre. A cooperative effort by the town, DVAA, and Sullivan County resulted in a Community Development Block Grant to renovate the space for handicapped accessibility. The Tusten Theatre re-opened on March 24, 1990.
The Tusten Theatre closes its doors every winter, but there are plenty of concerts and cultural performances in store for 2021. Stay tuned!
A variety of organizations utilize the Tusten Theatre for their performances and events, and handle their own ticketing. There is no one-size-fits-all path to purchase.
For events produced by The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, there are four ways to purchase tickets:
Call 845-525-7272. Someone will answer your call, or you may leave a detailed message including the performance name, ticket quantity, your name and phone number, and someone will call back to confirm your reservation by the following business day.
Visit the event page on The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance website and click to purchase tickets online via PayPal or credit card.
Visit the main office at The Delaware Arts Center at 37 Main Street, Narrowsburg Tuesdays-Saturdays from 10 am – 4 pm. Office staff can assist you with purchasing or reserving a ticket.
Come to the Tusten Theatre box office 30-60 minutes prior to the performance time to purchase tickets at the box office. The box office is generally only open immediately prior to performances.
For events not produced by The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance, use the phone number, email address or website listed on the promotional materials for that particular event or performance.
The Delaware Valley Arts Alliance programs a diverse, year-round season of performing arts and cultural events, including classical, jazz, theater, opera, Latin, world music, cabaret and more.
If you are interested in submitting your performance, group or event for consideration as part of the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance cultural season, fill out this form. Please note, our programs are booked up to 12 months in advance. If we are interested in moving forward, someone from DVAA will reach out to you.
The Tusten Theatre is managed by the Delaware Valley Arts Alliance and is occasionally available for rental to the community for performances and events not related to the DVAA. To inquire about renting the space for your event or performance, fill out this form. For space rental fees (including the Gloria Krause Recital Hall at 37 Main Street), click here.
We look forward to a vibrant and busy new year.
As the cultural home for arts in the Sullivan Catskills, we are grateful for your involvement and support. We couldn’t do it without you, literally.