The Lime Kiln Theater has been brought back to life with the help of volunteers led by Spencer McElroy.
In February 2012, the famed theater — housed in an abandoned lime quarry and kiln — was closed for economic reasons. But this year this local gem is back in business and kicking off the summer with some great musical talent.
Prior to it’s temporary cease in operations, the theater had hosted up to 74 performances in a single season to audiences reaching 25,000 people. Beginning in 1967 as two Washington & Lee students’ dream, The Lime Kiln grew into a premier destination in the Shenandoah Valley and an entertainment staple in the outdoorsy town of Lexington, VA. By 1984 Tommy Spencer and Don Baker convinced the owner of the site to donate the use of the land as an arts organization. Thousands of volunteer hours later the first official season was presented and an enchanting outdoor theater was born.
Now, in 2014, the theater is under new leadership and has an energized board. Spencer McElroy has helped restore this unique venue and attract some great performers for the summer. With the help of its fans, The Lime Kiln is likely to see many great seasons of outdoor music and performances ahead.
The incredible summer lineup begins this weekend with The Infamous Stringdusters. A band with deep roots in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, The Stringdusters put on an incredible live show and are a perfect way to experience The Lime Kiln. Made up of five quick-picking musicians who care deeply enough about the outdoors to partner with American Rivers — The Infamous Stringdusters at The Lime Kiln Theater will kick off a season of great music in the great outdoors!
Find time this summer to check out the stellar lineup of bands playing The Lime Kiln Theater in Lexington, VA.
The Infamous Stringdusters – Saturday, May 17th
Seldom Scene – Saturday, June 7th
Love Canon with The Boston Boys – Saturday, June 28th
Danny Knicely Band with Gary Ruley – Saturday, July 5th
Robin and Linda Williams – Saturday, July 26th
Walker’s Run – Saturday, August 16th
For more information, to find out how to volunteer, and for an up-to-date schedule, check out their website limekilntheater.org.