Directions & Parking

From the New York State Thruway (Interstate 90), take exit 60, turn left onto NY-394/North Portage Street. Continue to follow NY-394. From the Southern Tier Expressway (Interstate 86/Route 17) – if eastbound, take Exit 7 (Panama/Chautauqua Institution), turn left onto CR-33, then right onto West Lake Rd./NY-394. 

From the Main Gate go down the red brick walkway (down Vincent).  Once at Bestor Plaza take a left on Pratt.  Then go a few blocks and Bratton Theater will be on the left. 

Travel and Transportation
CHQ is served by the Chautauqua County Airport at Jamestown, NY (15 miles south of the Institution) via USAirways Express commuter from Pittsburgh, PA.

Other nearby airports are the Buffalo (NY) Niagara International Airport (70 miles northeast of Chautauqua) and the Erie (PA) International Airport (40 miles southwest of Chautauqua).
Privately owned transportation services for travel to and from the Chautauqua County Airport are available.



Heirloom Restaurant
Heirloom is a full-service restaurant that is available to hotel guests, CHQ visitors and guests coming from off the grounds for a great dining experience. Heirloom is open 7 days a week and is available and open to the public from June 27 through August 30.

Webb's Captain's Table Restauran
Webb's is a local lakefront eatery serving American dishes in woody, inviting surrounds with views & an upstairs deck. Located at 115 West Lake Rd., Mayville, NY 14757.

La Familia
A fine dining restaurant focusing on fresh seafood and farm fresh produce. Located on grounds, inside St. Elmo's.

We exist to create the meal your family builds memories around. Located at 4837 W Lake Rd., Mayville, NY 14757.

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Hearing Services

Bratton Theater and the Chautauqua Theater Company has recently installed a new hearing device system. The new Listen Technologies Intelligent Receivers have a range of up to 1,500 ft (457 m) and can be used all throughout the theater. Also, with the new receivers are the Intelligent Lanyard which uses an advanced driver that improves listening for individuals with hearing aids and cochlear implants. It offers a lightweight, easy-to-wear solution.

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About Bratton Theater

theater insideThe Bratton Theater was built in 1885 and is one of the oldest buildings on the grounds of CHQ. It was originally built as a schoolhouse for the summer program and accordingly, its original name was “Normal Hall”. In 2000, with the advocacy of the Friends of Chautauqua Theater Company and a successful Institutional capital campaign, a major renovation took place and the beautiful, 269 seat, newly named Bratton Theater was inaugurated. A major accomplishment in both preservation and renovation, the original laminated beam structure of Normal Hall is still in place today. 

Under the direction of architect Mitchell Kurtz, the renovation garnered several awards including:

  • An Honor Award from the US Institute for Theatre Technology

  • 2001 Adaptive Re-use/Historic Preservation Citation from the New York City Chapter of the American Institute of Architects

  • 2001 Design Award from the Buffalo/WNY Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Announcing our 2017 Season

2019 Season

Tickets go on sale April, 2019

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Pastor Paul has grown his church from a storefront to a mega-complex, but nothing prepared him or his congregation for the biggest change of all: a change of heart. Featuring live performances by the Chautauqua Choir every night, The Christians is a highly theatrical yet extremely intimate exploration of faith, family and the courage to stand up for what you believe.

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How hard can it be to have two jobs? This hilarious adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s Comedia masterpiece The Servant of Two Masters plants us in Brighton in 1963. Recently fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall scrambles to find work in this working class British beach town, where the ladies liberation movement has just begun to bloom. High and low humor collide in this British farce complete with live Beatles-inspired music.

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CTC’s FREE outdoor Shakespeare returns with a magical midsummer comedy. Follow jealous lovers, mischievous fairies and first time players as they journey through the woods. Love potions, live music and physical comedy enchant in this energetic 90-minute version of Shakespeare’s most beloved play.

NPW # 1
July 18 - 20

NPW #2: Untitled By Tyne Rafaeli - New Play Commission
August 14th-18th

A CTC commission by award-winning playwright and director Tyne Rafaeli, this new play explores the life of Margaret Sanger and her revolutionary idea of the birth control pill.


August 15th-18th

2019 Chautauqua Theater Ticket Pricing

A great way to support Chautauqua Theater Company, guarantee your seats and save!

Five-Pack • $144 • Three Bratton Theater Main Stage productions and your choice of two New Play Workshops.

Three-Pack • $84 • Any two Bratton Theater Main Stage productions and your choice of one New Play Workshop.

2019 Chautauqua Theater Single Ticket Pricing

Bratton Main Stage Productions  $35; Sundays $40

New Play Workshops (NPW) $25