25 Things to Do in Rogers #3: Arkansas Public Theatre

Arkansas Public Theatre (APT), formerly known as the Rogers Little Theater, produces classic, cutting-edge, and fresh from Broadway plays and musicals as well as hosts many special events throughout the year.  The APT is the only all-volunteer community theater in Northwest Arkansas.  

Victory Theater

The Victory Theater opened in December 1927 and was designed by Rogers architect A.O. Clarke.  The theater was a place for community gatherings and has since been renovated several times as a movie and vaudeville theater before closing the doors in the early 1970s.  With generous help from the Wal-Mart Foundation, contributions from donors, and countless volunteers, the City of Rogers purchased the Victory Theater with an agreement that it would serve as the long-term home of the Arkansas Public Theatre.  For over 30 years, the theatre has been thriving with performances each year and continues to recruit local volunteers and talent to help continue to see the APT grow.

Arkansas Public Theatre

From the moment you arrive and catch the first glimpse of the glowing lights from the beautifully lit, welcoming theater, you know you will be in for a special treat.  With a tremendous volunteer staff, you will be greeted with a smile as you enter.  Downstairs is filled with caberet-style seating, however, there is not a bad seat in the house as balcony boasts a pretty spectatular view of the whole stage.  Assorted concessions are offered before every show for those wanting to take full advantage of this. The theater also offers a cash bar where patrons can purchase drinks before finding their seats.  Make a night of it and check out one of the many restaurants in downtown Rogers prior to show time.  

What You Need to Know 

Arkansas Public Theatre is located in downtown Rogers at 116 S. Second Street.  For more information, call the Box Office at (479) 631-8988 or visit their website.  Tickets range vary from performance to performance.  To see upcoming performances and event, visit their ticketing page

After the Show

Stop by Lucy's Diner, which is open 24 hours.  Grab some coffee and a bite to eat as you reminisce about the exceptional performance.   Up for some more fun, stop by one of the many locations in downtown Rogers for a drink and snack like Ozark Beer Company, Hapa's Hawaiian Grill & Bar, or Moonbroch Brewing Company.