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Jacob’s Pillow Theater “Total Loss” After Early Morning Fire

Fire fighters and a fire truck are in front of a burning wooden building
Monterey Fire Department
A photo by the Monterey Fire Department of the fire at the Doris Duke Theater on the campus of Jacob's Pillow in Becket, Massachusetts on November 17th, 2020.

A fire destroyed a theater at the Berkshire County dance center Jacob’s Pillow early this morning.

The Doris Duke theater, which seats 216 and opened in 1990, is one of two indoor theaters on the Becket, Massachusetts campus of Jacob’s Pillow. Officials say it caught fire around 7 a.m.

“The Becket fire department was first on scene," Becket select board vice chair Michael Lavery told WAMC. "The fire was a six alarm fire and six towns including Monterey were involved. I believe the fire was put out shortly before 9 a.m. but it was a total loss of the one building.”

Jacob’s Pillow cancelled its annual summer festival for the first time in its 88-year history this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Josh Landes has been WAMC's Berkshire Bureau Chief since February 2018, following stints at WBGO Newark and WFMU East Orange. A passionate advocate for Western Massachusetts, Landes was raised in Pittsfield and attended Hampshire College in Amherst, receiving his bachelor's in Ethnomusicology and Radio Production. His free time is spent with his cat Harry, experimental electronic music, and exploring the woods.
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