Visit the oldest outdoor theater in Kentucky, going strong for over 70 years.
Pioneer Playhouse has been open since 1950 and was founded by Eben C. Hanson. It is located in Danville, Kentucky, where Hanson was born and raised. Hanson had studied theatre in New York City after serving in World War ll. While there, he met many actors and even had a part on Broadway. When his dad became ill, he went back home but never gave up on his dream of being on stage. He joined the movement of developing summer stock theatres. These theatres bring an opportunity for actors to get out of the big cities like New York, Chicago, Boston, and LA for a while to get some experience, fresh air, and bring the "Big City" theatre to small towns.
Pioneer Playhouse offers a different play every 2 weeks during the season. Talented performers are either nationally recognizable or local stars. They offer a dinner & a show experience at 7 pm, with shows beginning at 8:30 pm. It is open Tuesday through Saturday in a beautiful outdoor setting with stadium seating. It is still a family-owned business, and they care about the theaters' success. After the show, the actors make themselves available. Come early and enjoy a pleasant walk through an old-time town on the property.
A campground is only 100 yards away from the Playhouse, and it is also owned by the Hanson's. You are welcome to bring your RV or tent. There is water, electricity hookups, and a dump station. The campground has 35 sites with fire pits, picnic tables, and a bathhouse. Pets are welcome on a leash, and owners need to pick up after them. This attraction has it all and is a great way to spend time in the fresh air while visiting Kentucky.