What You Will See at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center

June 21, 2019

group of young adults in a car with overlaying text download our free vacation guideAre you looking for fun things to do at night during your stay in Ephrata, PA? Look no further! We have the perfect place for you. One of our favorite spots in town is the Ephrata Performing Arts Center, and it’s only a 3-minute drive away from the Historic Smithton Inn! This great local theater has a long history of hosting musicals and plays, and you don’t want to miss it while you’re in town. Read on to learn all you need to know about the theater, then start planning your visit. Make sure you also download our free Vacation Guide for more local recommendations.  

What You Need to Know About the Ephrata Performing Arts Center


What Is the Ephrata Performing Arts Center?

The Ephrata Performing Arts Center is the ideal location for a fun night out. The story of this famous, local theater began in 1953, Broadway producer John Cameron started producing summer plays and musicals in the pavilion, bringing with him big names from New York City, including: Roy Scheider, Robert De Niro, and even Betty White! The tradition became known as “Playhouse in the Park.” The theater became a non-profit organization in 1979, and got its current name in 1980. The theater is a must-see in the area for drama lovers and entertainment seekers. In recent years, it has helped several actors gain popularity. One of which is Tony-nominated Jonathan Groff, who you may have seen in shows like Glee and Mindhunter. He even played Kristoff, one of the main characters in the Disney phenomenon Frozen!  

Events and Performances

The Ephrata Performing Arts Center offers a wide variety of shows, so you’re sure to find something that piques your interest. In the past, the theater has produced shows like “West Side Story”, “Hello Dolly!”, “Hairspray”, “Sweeney Todd”, Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Wizard of Oz”, and many more Broadway hits. One patron of the theater once said: “It may not be Broadway, but you can see it from here!” Wednesday and Thursday shows begin at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m., and Saturday matinee shows at 2 p.m. Adults tickets cost $32, senior tickets cost $28, and student tickets cost $25.  

Your Stay at the Historic Smithton Inn

Chair in the garden Historic smithton InnThree words that describe the Historic Smithton Inn are: comfort, elegance, and pamper! Our beautiful and historic B&B is the perfect countryside retreat for travelers looking to unwind in a scenic environment. After a fun night out at the Ephrata Performing Arts Center, treat yourself to a relaxing evening in one of our cozy rooms and dream the night away! Take a look at the Red Rose Room, for example. This beautiful room provides peace, serenity, and lots of comfort! You and your significant other will love to take a hot shower after the show, slip into complimentary robes, and snuggle by the fireplace. Then, after a good night’s rest, wake up to a delicious, homemade breakfast! We serve a collection of Colombian coffee and tea, fresh, signature juice blends and mouth-watering muffins, bread, French Toasts, baked eggs, and more!   Book Your Trip