Dear Friends,

It was always such a joy to experience live entertainment at the Peoples Bank Theatre, and we certainly miss you and everyone that has helped make the theatre such an exciting destination. Unfortunately, the impact of COVID-19 continues to extend our period of darkness.

As you might know, we were successful at reaching our $100,000 goal during our 100 Days Campaign that ended August 1. We thought we’d be open by now, but now our nonprofit theatre is facing a challenge that is much more ominous, as this will take longer than we once thought.

We still have a total debt of $1 million in restoration and COVID-19 relief loans, as well as all the other expenses it takes to maintain a large facility. You might not realize—it takes $25,000 a month for us just to sit dark!

We have cut every cost we can, furloughed 90% of our staff, and have volunteers performing everything from building maintenance and patron communication to social media. These expenses are threatening the future of your theatre. We have an immediate need to raise 2 million dollars—and secure our future.

We understand that the coronavirus has made life difficult for everyone, but if you wish to secure the future, YOUR FUTURE AT THE THEATRE, and can help with a financial gift, we need your contribution NOW.

We sure miss seeing you at the Peoples Bank Theatre, and we are looking forward to the day when we can all gather again and experience the amazing live shows that we have rescheduled for you including: REO Speedwagon, Clint Black, Bill Engvall, Kansas, Mountain Stage, Esbenshade Series, Dancing with the Docs, and so much more. Remember: Save your tickets; we are saving your seat!

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Hunt Brawley, J.D., Executive Director, Todd Burge, Talent Buyer, Dan Harrison, President, Dave Tenney, Treasurer, Tammy Cinalli, Secretary, Jerry Brock, Dan Bryant, Misty Crosby, Geoff Coward, Tatum Parmer, Jenny Powers, Jill Ruff, Brad Smith, Sarah Drake, Matt Evans, Jennifer Garrison, Stephen Hussey, LeeAnn Johnson, Christy Minard, Ken Morrison, Geoff Schenkel, LeeAndra White Smith, Jim Vuksic, Bernita Watson, Shelly Windeler, Paul Zecchi, Dan Stephan, Sr. emeritus


Choose the level of your tax-deductible contribution to the Ticket to Your Future Capital Campaign:

  • Distinguished Participant  – $100 – $999 Click here
  • Distinguished Supporter  – $1,000 – $4,999 Click here
  • Distinguished Booster  – $5,000 – $9,999 Click here
  • Legacy Patron (major theatre naming opportunities) $10,000 – $400,000 Click here
  • Other Gift $________________

By Phone: 740-373-0894


Mail your check to:
The Peoples Bank Theatre 224 Putnam Street, Marietta OH 45750
Make your check out to Peoples Bank Theatre

Thank you!

Donating online is fast, easy and secure!

There are many ways you can contribute to Peoples Bank Theatre and support the work of the Hippodrome / Colony Historical Theatre Association. Ticket sales only cover two thirds of the theatre’s annual operations. We rely on the support of a variety of donors, large and small, to make up the difference and support the programs we present each year. We invite you to explore the ways you can get involved below.

  • Donate! Make a one-time or recurring gift to the Hippodrome / Colony Historical Theatre Association.
  • Support with an Endowment Gift We just received notice that the matching funds from the Foundation For Appalachian Ohio’s for the Peoples Bank Theatre endowment fund have run out, but we are very appreciative of this special opportunity. Thanks to the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and the very generous support by our contributors, we were able to raise over $110,000! A great statement by our supporters in such difficult times. We certainly hope to be operating under normal circumstances soon!
  • Become an Annual Member of Peoples Bank Theatre.
  • Sponsor a Seat in the theatre.
  • Sponsor a Show on our stage.
  • Advertise your business or organization in our biannual playbill.
  • Help us Set the Stage for the Future with an endowment campaign contribution.
  • Become a Peoples Bank Theatre volunteer.

For nearly a century, our historic theatre has been shining jewel in the cultural landscape of Marietta and the Mid Ohio Valley.

Built in 1919 as the Hippodrome, our theatre could accommodate the largest touring productions of its day and was the city’s first theatre to feature talking films. Renovated and renamed The Colony in 1949, the theatre played host to some of the era’s biggest names in country music. In 1957 the theatre hosted the World Premiere of Universal International’s Battle Hymn, starring Rock Hudson as Marietta native son Dean Hess.

Generations of Marietta area residents made memories here until the theatre’s closure in 1986. Thirty years later, after a $7.5m restoration, the theatre reopened in January 2016, thanks to the investment of Peoples Bank and support from the Marietta community, led by the nonprofit Hippodrome / Colony Historic Theatre Association.

Welcoming more than 100,000 guests since reopening in 2016, Peoples Bank Theatre is today, once again, the premier performing arts venue in our region, making lasting memories for a new generation.

© Peoples Bank Theatre – Managed by the Hippodrome / Colony Historical Theatre Association, a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization.