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

Rogers Little Theater

The phrase "If I knew then what I know now..." comes to mind after my first experience at the Arkansas Public Theatre this past weekend. I'm a little embarrassed it took me so long to attend a show considering how long I have lived in northwest Arkansas. I knew immediately what I had to do so others wouldn't make that same mistake, so here it is...assignment #3 in the 25 Things to Do in Rogers series: go to a production at the Arkansas Public Theatre. You will thank me later for this fun and affordable date night idea!

Victory TheaterVictory Theater in Rogers

You can't talk about the Arkansas Public Theatre without mentioning the actual theater. This community theater program, which is currently in its 33rd season, offers a variety of plays, musicals, and other special events in the historic Victory Theater building in downtown Rogers. The Victory Theater opened as the first motion picture theater in Northwest Arkansas in December 1927. It is quite amazing to think that after nine decades, the theater has stayed true to its original concept of being a place to offer entertainment and promote culture.

Arkansas Public Theatre

RLT Downstairs SeatingFrom the moment we arrived and caught our first glimpse of the glowing lights from the beautifully lit, welcoming theater, I was awe-struck. How could I have not known about this little treasure before now? Walking up to the Will Call booth to retrieve our tickets took me back to my childhood when we used to actually watch movies in my hometown's historic theater instead of in the huge megaplexes of today. Your walk inside the theater is met by friendly faces and great scenery of the beautifully restored theater. Downstairs is filled with caberet-style seating and many season ticket holder.  Newcomers are making their way to the balcony to enjoy the show. A assorted of concessions are offered before every show for those wanting to take full advantage of this. The theater offers a cash bar where patrons can purchase drinks before finding their seats. Once we were seated the show began. The theater relies on more than 500 volunteers, including approximately 100 volunteer actors and I can not say enough good things about them. From the set design, to the scripting, to the acting, everything was top-notch and made for a very fun evening! 

What you Need to Know 

RLT Box OfficeArkansas Public Theatre is located downtown at 116 S. Second St. in Rogers. For more information call 479-631-8988 or visit their website. Tickets range vary from performance to performance.  We encourage you to make a night out of it and grab dinner at one of the many restaurants in downtown Rogers. 

After the Show

If you still aren't ready to head home after the evening show, make sure to stop by Lucy's Diner, which is open 24 hours. You can grab some coffee, a bite to eat or even run into part of the cast from the show like we did. If you'd rather grab an after-show drink, head over to nearby Club Frisco, which has a cool little entrance down an alley off of Poplar Street. Very cool place with lots of seating for you and friends! Make sure to check out some of these other downtown restaurants if you are looking for pre-show dining options in that area.