Award-winning theater troupes will stir your emotions with humor, drama and suspense. In West Virginia, you can catch a show in an outdoor amphitheater framed by the mountain backdrop or enjoy a performance inside a grand historic theater or historic art center.

Performing Arts

Take in a performance or show at one of these venues, and you might find yourself immersed in the Jazz Age or another colorful era from that theater’s heyday.

Now home to the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra, the Capitol Theatre in Wheeling also features a variety of nationally touring acts and local performances.

The Keith Albee Performing Arts Center still has its lavish original décor; it brings in top live music, dance and theater performances.

Marlinton’s Pocahontas County Opera House brings in a variety of live performances, and is part of the Mountain Music Trail.

Now an arts and education center for the Greenbrier Valley, Carnegie Hall is the cultural heart of Lewisburg’s Historic District.

Enjoy classic films, plays, community gatherings and a youth summer theater workshop at the Apollo Civic Theatre in Martinsburg.

A unique addition to the Martinsburg arts scene is the Wonderment Puppet Theather, a fan-favorite among the young and young-at-heart.

Legendary actor and comedian Don Knotts got his start in showbiz on the stage at the Metropolitan Theatre in Morgantown. It is known as “The House of the Pipe Organ” because of the organ accompaniment to its performances.

A restored theatre located in downtown Fayetteville, the Historic Fayette Theatre offers a variety of performances including murder mysteries, musicals, plays and concerts throughout the year.

As West Virginia’s Official Professional Theatre, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, presents theatrical productions, musical concerts, literary events, youth education programs, art exhibits and more throughout the year. 

Movie Theaters

Step back in time and enjoy a movie inside a historic theater or watch an independent film in the comfort of a bookstore basement.

A visit to the Star Theatre in Berkeley Springs is like taking a step back in time to the 1950s. The theater, which opened as the Berkeley Theatre in 1928, retains a retro ambiance but with modern upgrades.

The tiny mountain town of Spencer boasts a surprising claim to fame: it is home to the oldest continuously operating movie theater in the country, the Robey Theatre.

With its diverse offerings, Taylor Books in Charleston serves as a one-stop shopping and entertainment experience. You’ll also find works by local and regional artists showcased in the Annex Gallery and independent films shown at the Floralee Hark Cohen Theater in the basement. 

Outdoor Amphitheaters

From waterfront views to dramatic views of the New River Gorge, each amphitheater in West Virginia is different, yet equally stunning and offer a unique experience.

Beautiful views of the New River Gorge and incredible performances are what you’ll find at the Cliffside Amphitheatre at Grandview.

Located in the scenic setting of Prickett’s Fort State Park in Fairmont, this 400-seat amphitheater hosts various concerts and performing arts. The amphitheater is also used by the Fairmont State University theater department each summer for musicals and dramatic productions.

Located in the beautiful Chief Logan State Park  in Logan sits the Liz Spurlock Amphitheater. While you are there, explore the 4,000-acre recreational area, which has hiking trials, swimming, mini golf, fishing, a museum and more.

Perfectly positioned along the Kanawha River, the amphitheater at the Haddad Riverfront Park is a prime location for fun and entertainment.

Featured photo in the header: You Can’t Take It With You at Greenbrier Valley Theatre, 2016 photo by Valerie Pritt; Kim Morgan Dean*, Micah Hein*, Pamela Paul*  *Denotes Members of Actors Equity Association

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