Regarded as one of West Virginia’s most distinctive landmarks, Huntington’s Keith-Albee Theatre was built by the Greater Huntington Theatre Corporation in 1928. Thomas W. Lamb, one of America’s foremost theatre architects, designed the Keith-Albee in the ornate Spanish Baroque style. The remarkably well-preserved structure includes a four-story dressing room tower and fully equipped, “fly-system” theatrical stage as well as a gigantic retractable motion picture screen and a top quality theatre organ. When completed, the “atmospheric” theatre seated 2,633 patrons in a simulated courtyard beneath a starlit sky.

Countless iconic entertainers have appeared at the Keith-Albee over its nearly ninety years of operation. Many of them have performed as part of Marshall University’s renowned Artists Series, hosted by the Keith-Albee since 1936. Notably, the theatre has also presented two major motion picture worldwide premieres and one special preview premiere.

Today, the theatre is owned and operated by the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center Foundation. The Keith-Albee’s importance to the community and region remains enormous as it continues to feature a range of outstanding national and local productions and film festivals. It is also a popular setting for benefits, conferences and weddings. For a detailed history of the magnificent Keith-Albee Theatre, please read the “History” section on this website.
Liza Caldwell
Rebecca Melton Craig, Secretary
Dr. Robert Edmunds
Daniel E. Gooding
Don Greathouse
Bill Heaberlin
Irv Johnson
Renee Maass
Clint McElroy
Beth McVey
Charlie Neighborgall, Vice President
Robert Plymale, Co-President
Ed Seiler
Jamz Morris Smith
David Tyson, Co-President
Alex Vence
Penny Watkins
Since opening its doors in 1928, the Keith-Albee has shined brightly as a community gem of downtown Huntington, a standard of artistic peak, and a vivid reflection of iconic performances. The last surviving Thomas Lamb-designed theatre in the United States proudly boasts its restored original sign, a beacon that continues to shine through over four decades of art and talent. Love the Keith-Albee? Learn how you can help preserve this historic landmark through sponsorships, volunteering, donating, and becoming part of an exclusive membership program.

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