Arts and Theatre in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire

The Lakes Region is the perfect place to catch an amazing live performance!

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse

The Winnipesaukee Playhouse is a nonprofit organization that serves to develop and stage professional and community-based theatrical productions and to provide opportunities in theatre and the performing arts for the community.

We aim to provide a fun and challenging theatrical environment for all Lakes Region locals and visitors in both performance-based and educational arenas. Whether your interest is to be onstage, behind-the-scenes, or in the audience, The Winnipesaukee Playhouse has something for you!

The Playhouse was founded in 2004 with the vision of bringing quality arts and arts education to The Lakes Region. The theatre has become a cultural gem in the area winning both critical acclaim and becoming an important outlet for the performing arts in central New Hampshire.

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The Colonial Theatre

First opened in 1914, the Colonial Theatre was designed by George I. Griffin. Original owner Benjamin Piscopo was from Venice, Italy, and the theatre featured a fire curtain depicting Venice as seen from the water. The theatre hosted a variety of stage productions and photoplays. By the early 1930s the Colonial had pivoted to show motion pictures. In 1983, the theatre was divided up into 5 separate movie screens. In August of 2002, the theatre closed after 87 years of operation.

On June 15, 2015, the City of Laconia announced a partnership with the Belknap Economic Development Council (BEDC) to purchase, renovate, and reopen the Colonial. 609 Main Street LLC was created to conduct the capital campaign for the renovation. The restoration of the Colonial began in March of 2016, and is scheduled to conclude in early 2021.

The newly reopened Colonial Theatre has a seating capacity of 761, and plays host to a wide-range of performances, including music, theatre, comedy, and civic events. The Colonial Theatre is managed by Spectacle Live, and is home to the Powerhouse Theatre Collaborative, program of Belknap Mill.

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Bank of NH Pavilion

With over 9,000 seats available to music lovers from across the world, Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion stands as one of the greatest outdoor venues in the region. Evolving from a humble origin as a grass field venue on a tree farm, the pavilion has since become northern New England’s premier summer concert venue. The venue’s comfortable space and the world-class acts it attracts has even earned it honors in USA Today as one of their 10 Best Concert Venues Across the USA, with several nominations from the magazine’s peers. The outdoor amphitheater has even gained recognition for adaption, as the venue changed names twice to reflect its evolving focus, direction, and place in New Hampshire’s music scene.

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The Lakeport Opera House

The Lakeport Opera House is in the heart of the Lakes Region. They are an elite venue offering a blend of high-end style and historic charm. They offer live musical performances, theatre productions, and other community-focused events. This 140-year-old building has been beautifully renovated and is also available to host corporate events and other private gatherings.

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The CAKE Theatre

Welcome to the world of “REDONKULOUS”, where anything & everything happens. With the natural progression of 3 crazy guys who have performed worldwide, including 4,000 shows in Las Vegas, the time has come for the ultimate party. Two years ago, we broke ground in building our own venue, “The CAKE Theatre.” We are the only band in the country to fully own their venue and produce/perform their own shows! We spent millions to create the ultimate Las Vegas experience not in Las Vegas but in our home state of New Hampshire.

About the CAKE Theatre
Recycled Percussion is making history. After two years in the making, millions of dollars invested into the project, and hundreds of hours of creative design, we present to you The CHAOS & KINDNESS EXPERIENCE, better known as THE CAKE. THE CAKE Theatre is Recycled Percussion’s very own performance venue, as well as a venue available for much more.

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