In addition to being America’s oldest continually operating community theatre, Town Theatre has something else to sing and dance about… it’s turning 100 years old! Formed in 1919 by the Columbia Stage Society, a group of Columbians’ whose ambition was to enjoy live theatre in our city, Town Theatre has always catered to the tastes of its members. The theatre is known for high-quality Broadway-like musicals and, in its 100th season, will present Broadway hits including West Side Story, Newsies and Mamma Mia! Thousands of talented local volunteer directors, actors and production people have made the shows come together each and every year (including war years), and some well-knowns have also graced its stage. Carl Sandberg read poetry, Martha Graham danced, DuBose Heyward lectured, Jasper Johns painted, Delbert Mann and Stanley Donen (Academy Awards) directed and performed.
FACT: The theater building was constructed with many local materials including bricks from Sumter, chandeliers cast in Charleston and was designed by a local architect.
1012 Sumter Street