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Built in 1939, The Monroe Theatre rapidly made a name for itself welcoming national acts from Hollywood, Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, and The Wheeling Jamboree. The Monroe has a rich history of fame from 1940 through the 1970's. Unfortunately, It closed its doors for what seemed would be forever in 1977. during its dormant years, the building was used as an auction house, and an antique store. throughout the 42 years it remained silent, the original fixture remained within the theatre. In 2016, Monroe Arts Council acquired the building in hopes of restoring it to its former stature. A group of dedicated volunteers began the long process of scrubbing and repair. Even as renovations continue, The Monroe reopened its doors in June of 2018 featuring a local Bluegrass band as entertainment for the Annual Alumni Weekend. It was then that the group saw the potential it held. Eager visitors came to enjoy the show in the very nostalgic structure. Donations flooded to committee after words, showing the community appreciation of the project. 

In 2019 the schedule grew as more bands and acts were booked and locals came to enjoy the shows. Word spread fast, and audience numbers began to grow. The need was here to have such a venue in the community. our first full year of entertainment was a smash hit. Then in March of 2020 it seemed the world stopped turning as Covid shut everything down across the globe. After a few brainstorming sessions and phone calls, it was decided that the Monroe would NOT close, but turn to streaming. We invited individual entertainers to play on stage to an empty auditorium, as we streamed the show into followers home via Facebook. Again, our following grew immensely. We never stopped bringing the entertainment, and it worked! The 
Monroe not only stayed open, but in doing so, was able to secure over $300,000 in grant funds to help with renovations. As time went on, fans slowly returned to the theatre for live shows. In 2021, we hit the stage with a fierce schedule absolutely packed with a variety of shows. For the first time in 53 years, The Monroe Welcomed it's first National Act to the calendar, booking Nashville recording artist Jimmy Fortune, then it was Phil Dirt and The Dozers, Ronnie McDowell, Dion Pride, and so on. 

As we rapidly approach 2022, The Monroe brought back its Country Music Jamboree, which ran for decades before its closing. The Jamboree is back bigger than ever, and the Best Family Variety Show in The Ohio Valley. Many bands and entertainers long to stand and perform on this stage because of its history. A new State of the Art Concession area and Box Office. We are really striving to keep taking giant leaps here at the Monroe to stay on the cutting edge with other area theatres. We have all kinds and types of shows, movies, and so much more. 

The Historic Monroe Theatre is definitely a MUST SEE venue. Very Retro and Nostalgic, A visit to The Monroe is like a step back in time. We invite you to come experience The Historic Monroe Theatre, and you too can take a walk down memory lane. We hope to see you soon!!

RESTAURANTS NEXT DOOR- Bueno Amigos, Subway, KFC, Taco Bell, Traditions, and Jerry Lees..

Nearby Lodging- The Olive Tree INN, The Nest in town cabins, Sparkman Lake Cabins and Lodge, Shadow Lake Cabins

So much to see right here in scenic Monroe County Ohio. You're always welcome here….

Buenos Amigos  (740)  472-9870                                  75 ft from theatre
Sparkman Lake Cabins & Lodge  (740) 628-5191        7 miles from theatre
Shadow Lake Cabins (561) 951-1870   [email protected]                        6.2 miles from theatre
Subway (740)472-1107                                    50 ft from theatre
Jerry Lee's (740) 472-2340                          150 ft from theatre
OLIVE TREE INN  (740) 472-0461                                         200 ft from theatre
TRADITIONS RESTAURANT (740) 472-1393                                                     100 ft from theatre
KFC/TACO BELL  (740) 472-9005                                50 ft from Theatre
Cabins at The Nest  (740) 213-7924                                                  1 mile from theatre
Cabins at The Nest