The WYO Theater

With its classic neon sign and light-up marquee, the WYO Theater is an anchor in Sheridan’s Main Street scene. What goes on inside the theater makes the WYO a staple in a city known for its culture.

The venue hosts a variety of live entertainment and performance art from local, national and international performing groups

One night may feature area children in a Stars of Tomorrow talent contest while the next Saturday morning will bring world-class opera to Sheridan audiences via a live broadcast of a show at the Metropolitan Opera.

Live concerts, film festivals, classic movies and local and national stage productions all grace the theater throughout the year.

With a nod to Sheridan’s growing emphasis on the arts, the old Perkins Building located south of the theater was recently renovated to create the Mars Theater — a black box theater and performing arts laboratory, offices for Sheridan College theater faculty and a 9,380-square-foot costume support area. The lobby and restroom areas were also improved and wing capacity was expanded.

The expansion was a collaboration between the WYO Theater and Sheridan College.

The WYO Theater opened in 1923 as the Lotus, a vaudeville theater. The venue was renamed in 1941 during a major renovation and continued to show live performances and films until it went bankrupt in 1982.

The dedication and generosity of a large group of community members helped the theater re-open its doors in 1989. It is owned by the city and serves as a cornerstone for the arts in Sheridan.

 

More information

• Location: 42 N. Main St. in Sheridan

• Phone: 307-672-9084

• Website: www.wyotheater.com

• Box Office Hours: Tues.–Fri., noon to

5 p.m.; Sat. when there is a performance, noon to 4 p.m.

By |May 15th, 2015|

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