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Looking for a unique location to host your wedding, special event, or business meeting? Consider one of the four spaces in the Wayne Theatre: auditorium, stage only, Custin Cabaret or lecture hall.
Programming Options: Because the restored Wayne supports all forms of performances, the Alliance will program a wide range of entertainments including film. It is available for bookings during the week and on weekends. The Wayne is also available for conferences and available for rentals.
Major Cities within a 250 mile radius of Waynesboro, VA: Charlottesville, Richmond, Roanoke, Washington D.C., Lynchburg, Winchester, Williamsburg, Newport News, Hagerstown, Baltimore, Greensboro, Durham, Raleigh
Capacity – 385 (lower level – 242, balcony – 143)
The room is suitable for live performances, films and corporate conferences/presentations.
Capacity – 200 (standing reception) or 130 (sit-down dinner)
A truly unique location for a dinner or reception that will be talked about for months to come.
Capacity – 100 (standing reception) or 75 (sit-down dinner)
Located on the second floor, it is a great space for a dinner, reception or intimate performance.
Capacity – 100 (lecture seating), 125 (standing reception) or 80 (sit-down dinner)
Located on the second floor, a wonderful choice for a meeting room, dinner or reception.
The Historic Stained Glass Room/Lowdermilk Lounge
Capacity – 25 (standing reception) or 16 (sit-down dinner)
Located on the second floor, has great ambiance for an intimate dinner or reception.
The renovated Wayne is a performing arts, movie house, and conference center.
• Auditorium with 385 seats. Lower level – 235, Balcony – 150
• Sound and light booth and optional placement areas
• Mechanical orchestra pit
• Fly loft
• Digital projection for film
• Fiber optics & computer connections
• Green room
• Two ‘star’ dressing rooms with bathrooms and showers
• One make-up/costume room and two bathrooms with showers
• Audience support areas with bathrooms, reception spaces, lobby, box office and concession areas
The Wayne opened on January 18, 1926, with plans to be a vaudeville/movie house. It advertised itself as the “finest theatre in the Shenandoah Valley.” It had an orchestra pit with organ, and a small “Wayne Orchestra” entertained the audience before the program.
In 1929, the Wayne followed the lead of the Dixie Theatre in Staunton and installed a “talking machine” by RCA which allowed the Wayne to show talkies.
In 1949, the boom times in Waynesboro led to expansion of the Wayne and the removal of nearly all of the original elements.
In 1980, a fire gutted the Wayne and the owners converted it into a twin cinema.
In 1999, the owners closed the theatre and deeded the structure to the city of Waynesboro.
In 2000, to prevent the demolishing of the Wayne, a group of citizens incorporated the Wayne Theatre Alliance as a 501 (c) 3 with the goal of renovating the theatre.
On March 1, 2016, the restored Wayne opened to the public with a preview season offering an array of theatre and live performances.