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Renovations to the 1938 Original Theatre are officially underway!

Since 1938, the Original Theatre has showcased the talents of groundbreaking, renowned artists such as Tallulah Bankhead, Sir Ian McKellen, Carol Channing, and recently, stage and screen sensation Mason Alexander Park. But as the Original Theatre aged, the space increasingly struggled to meet the demands of modern theatre design and performance. Staging the Future will transform the 1938 Original Theatre into a flexible performance and event space, as well as renovate its lobby, and the adjacent courtyard.


Renovations to the 1938 Original Theatre will create:

► Welcoming entrances and an improved exterior

► An updated lobby that celebrates Olney Theatre’s past, present and future

► A full-flexible, state-of-the-art performance and event space

► A unique sliding door that opens to the courtyard to encourage indoor/outdoor experiences

A beautiful new entrance to our historic stage

Staging the Future will rejuvenate the exterior of the 1938 Original Theatre, creating a more welcoming entrance and courtyard for audiences and artists to enjoy for years to come. Renovations to the 1938 will also include a sliding door that opens onto the courtyard, allowing for the use of both indoor and outdoor space in performances and events.

A welcoming and engaging lobby

The refreshed 1938 Original Theatre lobby will add a lounge that celebrates Olney Theatre's storied history. This inviting new lobby will feature a donor wall recognizing the generous supporters who have helped make Olney Theatre into an arts and culture powerhouse.

A modern, versatile space for immersive theatre and community gatherings

Renovations to the 1938 Original Theatre will open up a whole new world of opportunities for both Olney Theatre and our community. The theatre's fully flexible seating and sliding door will not only revolutionize the way we create theatre, but also provide a large gathering space for both private and civic events, fulfilling an immediate need in the Olney area.

Sir Ian McKellen, Award Winning Actor

"It's over 30 years since I played at Olney but I still remember the charm of the [Original 1938] Theatre and the enthusiasm of its audience. It's exciting to know that the iconic building will be refurbished to once again shine brightly."

Campaign Progress

Thanks to our generous community, we have met a $100,000 matching grant provided by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. 




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