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Home and Community Theater: Sit Down and Enjoy the Show

People have been enjoying performances from thespians throughout history. These performances have become more elaborate productions over time, but still serve to entertain and even educate. Today people have options in the type of performances that they indulge in, from community theater to movies on film. They also have options in terms of where they are able to view them. In the past, theatrical performances and even movies on film were only viewable in theaters; today, people can easily enjoy their favorite performances within their homes.

Community Theater and History

There is much discussion and debate when it comes to the definition of a community theater. In general, theatrical performances that are typically noncommercial and performed by local acting groups for the community are known as community theater. These performances are held by volunteers who are generally not paid for their performances. Community performances may be large or small depending on the group, the production, and the size of the venue. In the United States, they are represented by the American Association of Community Theatre. Community theater is important because it introduces people to the arts and provides a venue for cultural and political expression. While the oldest existing community theater, The Footlight Club, was founded in 1877, it wasn't until the Little Theater Movement in the early 1900s that more theaters of this type were formed. The movement was meant to offer more than the commercial productions that almost exclusively dominated theater at the time. It was inspired by people who wanted more meaningful performances and more involvement from the community. Although community theater continued to grow in popularity, it went through a decline during WWII. This trend was reversed following the war and more theaters were formed than ever before. By 1959, there were an estimated 3,500 community theaters in the country.

Bring the Theater Home

Going to the theater, whether it is a live, community performance or a feature film at a movie theater, is appealing to many people. The energy of a live performance attracts some people to community theater, while the smell of popcorn and a large screen adds to the experience at movie theaters. There are, however, a lot of reasons why people prefer bringing the theater home, like the ever-rising cost of admission or the desire for greater comfort. Fortunately, it has never been easier to enjoy one's favorite performances at home. Even theater performances can be purchased and enjoyed in the privacy of one's home. Courtesy of technology such as high-definition, wall-mountable televisions, Blu-Ray players, video streaming, and superior sound systems, people can obtain a more intimate movie theater experience without the cost or crowds. For comfort, and to enhance their experience, theater-style seating is available for people who want to design their own private home theater.

  • Local and Theater Links: People who click on this link will find the website for Pocket Community Theater in Downtown Hotsprings, Arkansas. This page lists links of local interest and theater-related links.
  • Studying Tools: Web Links: This page lists links for students in high school to use when studying. The links that are listed on this page are for grammar and writing, science, math, history, geography, and current events.
  • Links for Thespians: Clicking this link will open the Portland Christian School Drama website, where visitors will find a list of theater-related links.
  • Home Theater Seating Guide to the History of Theater and More: Visitors to this website will find a list of links about the history of the theater, publishing, scripts, and amateur theater.
  • Dance Links and the Home Theater Seating Guide to Theater History: Click this link to open up the links page on the Aenaon Dance Theater.
  • Fine Art Resources: Visitors to the Amarillo Independent School District will find this list of links to art-related websites, including professional organizations, interscholastic leagues, dance, art, music, and more.
  • Playwrights, the Theater, and The Bard: People who visit this page will find a list of links about playwrights, the theater, and William Shakespeare.
  • Databases and Websites Regarding Film, Cinema, and Television: Open this link to view a list of film-, television-, and cinema-related databases. Students and researchers will also find a separate list of websites on the same topics.
  • Home Theater Seating Guide to the History of Theater and Related Links: Readers who click this link will find a brief list of theater-related links.
  • Theater Resources and Links to Home Theater Seating and Audio: Click this link for a list of theater resources. Visitors to the site will also find links to home theater information.
  • Theater-Style Movie Seating and Other Home Theater Tips: The article on this page provides basic tips for people who are designing a home theater.
  • Press Release: Investment Banking Firm Aids Furniture and Home Theater Seating Retailer: On this page readers can view a press release discussing the relationship between the furniture retailer and the Madison Street Capital.
  • Home Theater Seating and Fictional Television Towns: Blog readers who enjoy television shows involving fictional towns in Kansas will find this post discussing a now defunct television show and comfortable seating quite interesting.
  • Ice Skating: Visitors to this site will find a blog post about watching ice skating on television and how more comfortable home theater seating would be beneficial.
  • Discounts for Theater-Style Movie Seating and More: Students who click this link to the Austin Community College website will find a list of home and apparel discounts. The page lists retailers, their offered discounts and a promo codes if applicable, and links to their websites.
  • Employee Discount Program to Home Theater Seating and Other Retailers: Employees of Lewis-Clark State College will find a list of retailers and businesses where they can use their employee discount. The list includes the name of the business/retailer, the discount offered, and a link to their website.
  • Theater History: Click this link to read about the history of the Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College.
  • The Stevens Center: People interested in learning about the history of the Stevens Center can read a brief background by clicking this link to the website of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.
  • Oklahoma City Community College Touring Attractions: People interested in the Performing Arts Series schedule will find the performance dates and times for the 2014-2015 season on this page.
  • Theatre Facilities: On this page, people interested in the Peck School of the Arts Mainstage Theater will find theater details, forms, and information on shops and studios.
  • Harvard Box: On this page, students will find information on the Harvard box office ticketing services and a link to the Harvard box office calendar.
  • The World Theater at California State University, Monterey Bay: Visitors to this page will find information on the World Theater, including the number of seats, special events, the Performing Arts Series, and the President's Speaker Series.
  • Facility Seating and Layout Diagrams: When readers visit this site, they will find links to the layout and seating charts for the Ray and Sue Smith Stadium, Dimnent Chapel, The Knickerbocker Theatre, and DeWitt Theatre.
  • Richard G. Fallon Theatre: Read about the Richard G. Fallon Theatre which is located at The School of Theatre at Florida State. The page briefly covers seating, the number of productions that have been held in the theater and recent renovations and accolades.
  • Main Stage Theater: This page provides visitors with information about the ticket office and a link to performance dates and times at Ithaca College's Main Stage Theater.
  • Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre: Click this page to review images of the theater and a short history.
  • Don Powell Theatre: Visitors to the San Diego State University School of Theatre, Television and Film website can read details about the Don Powell Theatre by clicking on this link. The page also includes a link to the theater's photo gallery.
  • Belmont University Theatre & Dance Department Facilities: Click on this link to read about The Troutt Theater, The Black Box Theatre, and The Belmont Little Theatre. The page also includes images of each of the facilities discussed.
  • Lincoln Theater: Anyone interested in the Lincoln Theater will find information on its uses, seating, dressing rooms, and the orchestra pit.
  • Rarig Center: Learn about the Rarig Center by clicking on this link to its page on the University of Minnesota Department of Theatre Arts & Dance website. The information on the page describes the four theaters that are housed within the center and also includes images.
  • Miller Auditorium: Click on this link to open the home page for the Miller Auditorium. On this page, visitors will find links to the upcoming season, latest news, and tickets currently for sale.
  • Middlesex County College - Theatre: On this page, readers will find information about the theater program offered at the college and the number of annual performances. The page also briefly mentions the school's two theaters.