Thursday, November 15, 2007

Barter Theatre

Since its founding in 1933, Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA has entertained and enriched Appalachia. The theatre building you see above was built in 1831 as a Presbyterian Church. Later, it was used as a town hall, a fire station, and as a jail. But for the last 75 years, the building has been home to the premier theatre of our region. The name comes from its origin during the Great Depression when theatre patrons could barter their way in by bringing 40 cents worth of produce. Even today, the Barter holds true to this heritage by offering one performance a year in return for donations to an area food bank. Click the link above to read about their current and upcoming shows, performance schedules and to find directions.

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