Regarded as one of West Virginia's most distinctive landmarks, Huntington's Keith-Albee Theatre was built by the Greater Huntington Theatre Corporation in 1928. Thomas W. Lamb, one of America's foremost theatre architects, designed the Keith-Albee in the ornate Spanish Baroque style. The remarkably well-preserved structure includes a four-story dressing room tower and fully equipped, "fly-system" theatrical stage as well as a gigantic retractable motion picture screen and a top quality theatre organ. When completed, the "atmospheric" theatre seated 2,633 patrons in a simulated courtyard beneath a starlit sky.
Countless iconic entertainers have appeared at the Keith-Albee over its nearly ninety years of operation. Many of them have performed as part of Marshall University's renowned Artists Series, hosted by the Keith-Albee since 1936. Notably, the theatre has also presented two major motion picture worldwide premieres and one special preview premiere.
Today, the theatre is owned and operated by the Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center Foundation. The Keith-Albee's importance to the community and region remains enormous as it continues to feature a range of outstanding national and local productions and film festivals. It is also a popular setting for benefits, conferences and weddings. For a detailed history of the magnificent Keith-Albee Theatre, please read the "History" section on this website.
Teresa (Terry) Deppner Hardin, Director of Development