Catch A Performance or Film at Reno/Tahoe Theaters.

By Annie Flanzraich

William Shakespeare once wrote, “All the world is a stage.” So, it’s not a stretch to say that the theatrical arts are all around. From intimate venues to large performance halls, many places in the Sierra offer the chance to see a show. As a reformed actress (the highlight of my theatrical career included a performance as Orphan No. 76 during my high school’s production of the musical, Annie), I’m always keen to see a show or film. Here are some of my favorite venues.

Downtown Reno’s Stage

For 22 years, Brüka Theatre has presented classic, contemporary and original theatre for adults and children in Reno. The shows at this downtown Reno venue range from the serious to the zany. For its 27th season, Brüka will present nine plays, including The Children and Waiting for Godot. bruka.org

A Red-carpet Affair

Hollywood comes to Reno the night of the Cordillera International Film Festival Oscar party every February. This nonprofit organization rolls out the red carpet for a gala evening with a live broadcast of the Academy Awards. CIFF also hosts many events throughout the year, including its signature international film festival. ciffnv.org

Dinner and A Show

The 580-seat Eldorado Showroom hosts Broadway-style production shows and entertainers from many genres. Every seat is the best seat in the house in this theatre. For the full experience, try a dinner and a show package. eldoradoreno.com

You Can’t Say That in the Theater!

In Midtown Reno, Good Luck Macbeth and Artemisia MovieHouse offer a double feature. This theater on Taylor street hosts live performances by GLM, and film screenings by Artemisia. For its 2020 line-up, Good Luck Macbeth has seven plays on tap, including Noises Off! goodluckmacbeth.org; artemisiamovies.weebly.com

Good Luck Macbeth
Good Luck Macbeth

Watch in Luxury

If you like your performances with a side of lounging seats and gourmet treats, then get ye to a Galaxy Theatre. Sparks boasts two of these indulgent venues. Galaxy Legends in The Outlets at Legends is the only theatre in the region that shows IMAX and IMAX 3D. So, you can enjoy state of the art cinema with a glass of wine from the concession stand. Get cozy in the luxury loungers and find the perfect angle for your viewing pleasure. At Galaxy Victorian in Sparks, Reno/Tahoe’s newest movie theatre, the plush interior ties with the concessions selection for best feature at a feature film. galaxytheatres.com

See A Show at the Duke

The Duke Theatre, located at Lake Tahoe Community College, is home to performances by the Theatre Arts Department and other community groups. This black box theatre hosts a variety of shows and performances. ltcc.edu

A Night at the Opera

See a Metropolitan Opera performance without traveling a few thousand miles at Riverside Cinemark with its The Met: Live in HD series. The 2020 season includes performances such as Porgy and Bess and Tosca. cinemark.com

The Art of Film and More

The Nevada Museum of Art’s Wayne and Miriam Prim Theater screens films connected to recent exhibitions and also hosts performances of all kinds. With a large-format screen and quality acoustics, theater troupes, performers and filmmakers feel right at home. nevadaart.org

As Good as Gold

Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts
Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts

Underneath a gilded geodesic dome in Downtown Reno, the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts hosts Broadway shows, and performances by the Reno Philharmonic, AVA Ballet Theatre, Artown and more. The 1,500-seat theater is the largest performing arts facility in Northern Nevada. The 2019-2020 season includes shows such as Bandstand, Jersey Boys, Reno Phil’s Classix Series, and more. Underneath, lies the aptly named Pioneer Underground, home to Reno-Tahoe Comedy and performances by well-known comedians. pioneercenter.com; renotahoecomedy.com

Reno-Tahoe Comedy
Reno-Tahoe Comedy

Film in the Haus

The Tahoe Art Haus & Cinema in Tahoe City features a remodeled theater and craft-focused bar. Audiences can sit in rocking leather seats or comfortable couches while watching a film or live performance. tahoearthauscinema.com

Tahoe Art House and Theater
Tahoe Art House and Theater

Lofty Shows and Dining

Located in Heavenly Village in South Lake Tahoe, The Loft Theatre offers award-winning live performances, a high-end ultra-lounge, and an American Tapas restaurant. The theatre, inspired by The Magic Castle in Los Angeles, provides an intimate setting where audiences can enjoy magic fusion shows. With a variety of performers and a show every night, there’s always something new at The Loft. Its adjacent restaurant, Taste, offers captivating cuisine for all palates. As if that wasn’t enough, The Loft also offers a variety of specials on food and entertainment every night. thelofttahoe.com

Performances with the Pack

At the University of Nevada, Reno’s Redfield Studio and Proscenium Theatres, audiences can enjoy a diverse range of theatrical productions and dance recitals. Antigone, Spring Awakening, and a Spring Dance Concert are on tap for the first part of 2020. unr.edu

So, get your hands ready for clapping. After all, the show must go on!

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