West Virginia’s theatrical scene boasts a wide array of venues and productions that are sure to satisfy your taste. From historical dramas to modern-day productions and musicals, we’ve got ‘em, and they’re playing on stages statewide. Many colleges and art groups host film and theater festivals on a regular basis. Check out a touring Broadway production, or experience the wealth of local talent who bring community theater to life. During the warm weather months, enjoy a renowned historical drama set in a beautiful mountain amphitheater. Or blend dining and indoor entertainment by catching a dinner theater show at one of our state parks. Rail fans might want to check out a mystery dinner train excursion. The options are limitless!
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Culture mavens can enjoy Broadway shows in the college setting of Morgantown, where the West Virginia Public Theatre has been presenting professional summer musicals for more than 20 years. Fine productions also take place year 'round at the state-of-the-art for the Arts & Sciences Clay Center in Charleston, the Apollo Civic Theater in Martinsburg, the Actors Guild of Parkersburg, the Smoot Theater, the Historic Fayette Theatre, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, Kanawha Players in Charleston, the Old Brick Playhouse in Elkins and the Old Opera House in Charles Town. For 25 years, Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg has operated as a regional center for the visual and performing arts. Carnegie Hall is one of only four Carnegie's in the world.
Restored theaters statewide also screen everything from modern releases and vintage films to cutting-edge art house cinema, with several also hosting periodic film festivals.
The Capitol Theatre in Wheeling was built in 1928 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This historic theater is the birthplace of WWVA Radio’s Jamboree USA, which showcased legendary acts such as Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. It serves as home to the Wheeling Symphony and is the stage where Marshall County native and country music star Brad Paisley grew up.
Theatre West Virginia presents spectacular entertainment under the stars at the Cliffside Amphitheatre at Grandview State Park. Two of its best-known dramas are the critically acclaimed “Hatfields and McCoys” and “Honey in the Rock.”
If you like your theater served with a dash of music, check out the American Mountain Theater, located in the historic rail yard in downtown Elkins. The venue presents the state’s first and only “Branson Style” family-friendly music, comedy and variety show. The cast of professional entertainers will keep your toes tapping and hands clapping throughout the two-hour mix of country, southern gospel, bluegrass, pop and patriotic music to bring you the “Freshest Sound in the Mountains.”
A historic town that has become a mecca for modern day film buffs? This may sound like a contradiction in terms, but that is exactly what has happened in the Eastern Panhandle hamlet of Shepherdstown.
The new Shepherdstown Film Society offers free movies most Friday nights with discussions afterward, but that's only the beginning. Other film options include outdoor summertime movies for children projected on the back wall of the library building, the annual American Conservation Film Festival, and international film festival each May and specially scheduled films at Shepherd University, also home to the Contemporary American Theater Festival. A commercial theater in the Shepherdstown Opera House also shows current, independent and foreign films. For more information, visit www.shepherdstownfilmsociety.org.
Capture a piece of history throughout the Mountain State as you discover landmark theatres along The West Virginia Historic Theatre Trails.
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