East Texas offers a wide variety of arts and entertainment for residents and visitors alike! From symphony orchestras to Broadway plays, from pop music concerts to country music, entertainment is close at hand.
Included on this page are highlights of some of the more popular arts and entertainment venues across this part of Texas.
Whether you are touring in the south part of East Texas, around Beaumont and Port Arthur, or in Upper East Texas in the Texarkana area, there are entertainment options of interest to everyone.
Crockett Street Entertainment District
Crockett Street in Beaumont is home to five historic buildings that have been restored to host Beaumont's best nightclubs, restaurants and a formal banquet facility.
Also known for its festivals, Crockett Street regularly offers outdoor concerts, street parties and more.
Belcher Center in Longview
The S.E. Belcher Jr. Chapel and Performance Center is the premier performance center for the city of Longview, Texas, and surrounding communities. With world-class acoustics and staging, the center attracts shows that Longview residents would not be able to see without traveling many miles.
Designed by professionals in architecture and theater design, the center features 1,400 seats on the ground level and another 600 seats in two, opera-style balconies.
The building features a full working stage and orchestra lift, as well as prop and staging areas, dressing rooms, soundproofed rehearsal rooms, classrooms and offices.
For opening hours, events, tickets and other information, visit the website of the Belcher Center.
The Lutcher Theater in Orange is a 1,450-seat performing arts facility. It is the largest Performing Arts Series from Houston, Texas, to Jacksonville, Florida, with annual attendance at approximately 30,000 adults and children. Residents and visitors enjoy Broadway musicals, festive holiday plays, stand-up comedy shows, and special kid-friendly performances. For opening hours, events, tickets and other information, visit the website of the Lutcher Theater. (photo courtesy of Orange CVB)
Cowan Center at UT-Tyler
The renown R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center, located on the campus of the University of Texas at Tyler, presents a variety of Broadway shows, plays and musicals.
Prominently positioned on the northeast corner of campus, the Cowan Center presents a variety of classic and contemporary professional touring events, including the Performing Arts Series, Broadway Series, Distinguished Lecture Series, special events and more.
From world-class performers and lecturers to Tony Award-winning Broadway musicals and top-billed theatrical and dance productions, the Cowan Center has plenty to offer audiences of all ages.
East Texas Symphony OrchestraThe East Texas Symphony Orchestra offers presentation of classical and contemporary music in diverse settings, at the Cowan Center, and at other venues such as the Caldwell Auditorium and outdoor park concerts. visit the website of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra for more information
Julie Rogers Theatre for the Performing Arts
Home to the Beaumont Civic Ballet, the Beaumont Civic Opera, Symphony of Southeast Texas and the Beaumont Ballet Theater, the Julie Rogers Theatre is a magnificent historic building accented with continental seating, exquisite chandeliers and twin grand staircases. Located at 765 Pearl Street.
Perot Theatre in Texarkana
The beautiful restored Perot Theatre, located in downtown Texarkana at 3rd and Main St, has been a landmark since 1924 when it opened as the Saenger Amusement Company's "Gateway to the Southwest" theatre.
The theatre annually hosts the Perot Theatre Series, as well as numerous rentals throughout the year. The Perot Theatre is owned by the City of Texarkana, TX and the Texarkana Regional Arts & Humanities Council is contracted to program and manage the theatre.
For opening hours, events, tickets and other information, visit the website of the Perot Theatre.
Texas Country Music Hall of Fame & Tex Ritter Museum
The Texas Country Music Hall of Fame was initiated in 1998 to celebrate the contributions of Texans to the country music profession.
The project highlights those individuals who are recognized nationally as outstanding in their field.
The impressive structure in Carthage encompasses 13,000 square feet of space for exhibits, a gift shop and a large banquet room.
The facility can accommodate groups of 300 for lecture-type seating or more than 200 for catered dinners.
Since 1968, the Longview Symphony has provided live orchestral performances of classical music to audiences in Longview, TX.
The Longview Symphony Orchestra
Starting as an amateur group with a few conservatory-trained musicians volunteering their time, today the orchestra is composed entirely of professional musicians from Longview, the greater East Texas area, Shreveport and the Dallas/Fort Worth area.
Fourteen members are on staff at area universities and colleges, others are music educators in primary and secondary schools and many teach lessons privately.
You can also reach the Symphony at P.O. Box 1825, Longview, TX75707. Phone 903.236.9739
Over the years Company members of Longview Ballet Theatre and students of the Studio of Creative Arts have had the opportunity to dance original ballets choreographed and designed by Pat George Mitchell as well as great classics like Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, Cinderella and Nutcracker.
The Symphony of Southeast Texas (SOST) has a 67-year history of providing outstanding music and grand performances in Beaumont. Formerly the Beaumont Symphony Orchestra, the SOST was founded by the Beaumont Symphony Society in 1953.
The orchestra is currently made up of approximately 70 musicians from communities throughout Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana who audition for their positions and are paid for all season rehearsals and performances.
The standard symphony season includes four Classics Series Concerts plus a Pops Concert, a Holiday concert, four free Youth Concerts for area students, two free Side-by-Side Education Concerts and a free Fourth of July concert in conjunction with the City of Beaumont’s activities.
For more information and to order tickets, visit the website of the Symphony Orchestra of Southeast Texas or phone 409.892.2257
Built on the location of a working cannery from days past, The Cannery blends the old with the new, establishing Lindale, as a premier destination for entertainment, shopping and dining in East Texas.
The Cannery in Lindale, Texas
It features restaurants, retail outlets and residential living options, and lots of Texas music. Whiskey Ray's Boutique offers clothing, gifts, home decor and much more. Also located on the premises is the North Campus of Tyler Junior College (TJC). One and two bedroom lofts are also available at The Cannery.
The Cannery is also the home the Pink Pistol, owned by Miranda Lambert, which features a wine bar, gift shop and women's clothing store. And be sure to check out the Red 55 Winery.
It is located at 55 Miranda Lambert Way, Lindale, Texas 75771. Phone 903.952.1161
The Liberty Theater originally was opened in 1930 as a first-run movie theater on the south side of the Tyler square, and continued in operation for 50 years.
A restoration project was conceived by the City of Tyler and the East Texas Symphony Organization in an effort to promote tourism and business for downtown Tyler and the surrounding area.
The Liberty is once again home to memory-making events and entertainment after it was converted into Liberty Hall and re-opened. The hall is now the locale for a variety of quality entertainment, ranging from nationally known artists to regional and local entertainers from all genres of music, comedy, theater as well as classic movies.
Nacogdoches Night Life
Nacogdoches has long been a live music destination, and remains that today! Classic old venues make for great music, dancing and enjoying a night on the town.
Take in live jazz poolside, dance at a local dance hall or simply relax and reconnect at a local wine bar. In Texas’ first city, the fun is always close by!
There are dozens of exciting arts and entertainment venues all across East Texas. Here a just a few more that are popular with residents and tourists ... but there are so many more to explore and enjoy!
|Venues and Organizations||Location|
|Winnsboro Center for the Arts||Winnsboro|
|Tyler Civic Theatre||Tyler|
|Kiepersol Event Center||Tyler|
|East Texas Performing Arts||Jefferson|
|Henderson County Performing Arts Center||Athens|
|Community Players Main Street Theatre||Sulphur Springs|
|The Texas Theatre||Palestine|
|Angelina Arts Alliance||Lufkin|
|Henderson Civic Theatre||Henderson|
|Cherokee Civic Theatre||Rusk|
|ETBU Department of Theatre Arts||Marshall|