Lynchburg Theaters: A Visitor's Guide to Playhouses

You'll never get bored in Lynchburg, a city known for its theaters and playhouses. Here are the Lynchburg Theaters and playhouses to head to for some first class entertainment, be it music, theater, dance or the visual arts.

The Ellington Fellowship Playhouse
421 Rivermont Avenue
Lynchburg, Virginia 24504
www.theellington.org

Named after the jazz genius, Duke Ellington, this playhouse has been entertaining Lynchburg with the biggest regional and national musical acts for more than 18 years. Famous American jazz, rock, folk, R&B and blues artists perform here every month. The Ellington also conducts workshops.

Every Friday they host the top local bands and the best thing is that the playhouse is near your cozy Lynchburg Bed and Breakfast.
The building set in a unique location in the historic downtown area, dates back to 1929; some say to 1903. The Ellington was the first original southern little theater in Virginia.

Initially, the playhouse housed the community arts center. Then it was taken over by the Masons and became known as the Hill City Lodge. Its days as a dinner theater began in 1984. Don't forget to add this playhouse to your list of Lynchburg Theaters.

Academy of Fine Arts
600 Main Street
Lynchburg, Virginia 24504
(434) 528-3256
www.academyfinearts.com

This nonprofit organization offers music, dance, plays and visual arts as well as a variety of classes and workshops. Built in 1905, the academy is one of the most loved historic treasures in Central Virginia. It has superb acoustics and perfect sightlines. The theater has hosted many of the great trendsetters in the performing arts such as Ethel Barrymore, Paderewski and Will Rodgers.

The Renaissance Theatre
1022 Commerce Street
Lynchburg, Virginia 24504
(434) 845-4427
www.renaissancetheatre.info

This community theater is a great place for a romantic night out with its intimate and classic black box setting. The theatre puts up classical as well as contemporary musicals and plays throughout the year.

The Dance Theater of Lynchburg
722 Commerce Street
Lynchburg, Virginia 24504
(434) 846-6272
dancelynchburg.org

Another venue for entertainment in Lynchburg's downtown area, this renowned theater was founded by Keith Lee and Charlotte Lester in 1999. Some of the interesting places on the premises are the three dance studios, the Helen McGehee Dance Library with its remarkable collection of more than 300 films and books on dance and the Laurie McCauley Costume Shop. Keith Lee, who teaches dance, has dancing in his bones. He is passionate about providing children from low-income families the opportunity for art education. When he was three, his grandmother did other people's laundry in order to send him to dance classes.

He says, "If you can get a child into the proper setting and educate them in different kinds of ways, then you avoid the shootings, drugs and all the other horrible things that can happen."

Keith's thriving dance theatre, housed in a 19th century warehouse, has helped revitalize Lynchburg's art scene. It's a worthy addition to your Lynchburg Theaters must-visit list. 

Little Dinner Theatre Players
5621 Edinboro Avenue
Lynchburg, Virginia 24502

This dinner theatre troupe excels in interactive murder mysteries and personalized theatrical events staged at public and private venues. The tickets are affordably priced and their three-course dinner has plenty of takers. What's more, if you're up to it, you'll be encouraged to take part in the show. It's an exciting excursion from your Lynchburg Inn.