East Texas Arts and Entertainment

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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 in Beaumont Texas

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.

Belcher Center in Longview

 

Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts

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)
Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts in Orange, Texas

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 Orchestra

The 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
Cowan Center at the University of Texas at Tyler (UTT)

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.

website of the Julie Rogers Theatre

Julie Rogers Theatre for the Performing Arts in Beaumont, Texas

 

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.

Perot Theatre in Texarkana

Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in Carthage, Texas

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.

Texas Country Music Hall of Fame


Longview Symphony Orchestra

Since 1968, the Longview Symphony has provided live orchestral performances of classical music to audiences in Longview, TX.

Longview Symphony Orchestra
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.

For more information and to order tickets, visit the website of the Longview Symphony Orchestra Also, be sure to connect with the Symphony on Facebook 

You can also reach the Symphony at P.O. Box 1825, Longview, TX75707. Phone 903.236.9739

Longview Ballet Theatre

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

Symphony Orchestra of Southeast Texas

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

The Cannery in Lindale Texas

Throughout the year, Greater Lindale residents of all ages enjoy a wide variety of fun events and recreational opportunities, ranging from a championship rodeo to community parades, golf tourneys, community banquets/galas and live theatre productions. In addition, the community has numerous organized sports teams for youth and adults. - See more at: http://www.lindaletexas.com/recreation#sthash.FrHcMJlb.dpuf
Throughout the year, Greater Lindale residents of all ages enjoy a wide variety of fun events and recreational opportunites, ranging from a championship rodeo to community parades, golf tourneys, community banquets/galas and live theatre productions. In addition, the community has numerous organized sports teams for youth and adults. - See more at: http://www.lindaletexas.com/recreation#sthash.FrHcMJlb.dpuf
The Cannery in Lindale, TexasThe Cannery in Lindale, Texas

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. 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 for more information, or visit www.TheCanneryLindale.com on the web.

Liberty Hall, downtown Tyler Texas, with skyline in background

Liberty Hall

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.

official website of Liberty Hall

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!

Nacogdoches Night Life: live music, dance and entertainment

 

More Arts & Entertainment Venues in East Texas

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
TJC Theatre Tyler
Tyler Civic Theatre Tyler
Oil Palace Tyler
Kiepersol Event Center Tyler
East Texas Performing Arts Jefferson
Henderson County Performing Arts Center Athens
Community Players Main Street Theatre Sulphur Springs
Owen Theatre Conroe
Theatre Longview Longview
The Texas Theatre Palestine
Angelina Arts Alliance Lufkin
Henderson Civic Theatre Henderson
Cherokee Civic Theatre Rusk
ETBU Department of Theatre Arts Marshall

 

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