The City of Maysville has two historic theaters in its downtown. The Washington Opera Theatre features live productions throughout the year. Live productions are offered throughout the year. Take in a show and experience the fifth oldest theater in the U.S. still in use. It is also listed on the National Registry of Historic Buildings and is home to the oldest theatrical group in Kentucky.

I found a home in the arts as a youngster in my hometown. They shaped my past and have given me a future. They have touched my life and yours, the people who live, work, visit, and create in our Community. We are enriched and enlightened. We tell our stories for all to hear and share our visions for all to see. Art is your heart and our home. - Mike Thomas, Former Producing Director, Maysville Players at the Washington Opera House

In 1953, Maysville’s own Rosemary Clooney, chose the Russell to premier her hit movie “The Stars are Singing”. Tickets were a mere $3 each and a grand
parade was held. The event is said to have attracted 20,000 people.

Tours of the Russell Theatre are available by appointment. Grand debuts and openings have graced this historic atmospheric theater. Learn about the architecture and features of the theater, technology then and now, as well as the current happenings.

Theater Address Additional Information Email Phone
The Washington Opera Theatre 116 W. 2nd St., Maysville, KY 41056 Maysville Players (606) 564-3666
The Russell Theatre & Gift Shop 9 W. 3rd St., Maysville, KY 41056 Tours available by appointment.
Lucas Cinema 1579 US 68, Maysville, KY 41056 Located in Rural King shopping center. (606) 759-8735