Below is a list of the top and leading Theaters in Austin. To help you find the best Theaters located near you in Austin, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.
Austin’s Best Theaters:
The top rated Theaters in Austin, TX are:
- Esther’s Follies – a beloved comedy troupe with a history that spans four decades
- ZACH Theatre – the longest continuously running theatre company in Texas that creates an intimate theatre experience engaging the spirit and imagination of the community
- Paramount Theatre For the Performing Arts – a nonprofit organization that is inspired by the power of the arts to change lives
- The Hideout Theatre – a theater conveniently located in the heart of downtown Austin that specializes in improv comedy and theater
- Long Center – a live entertainment venue that embraces and recognizes local talent and art
Esther’s Follies is a beloved comedy troupe with a history that spans four decades. They have managed to entertain and provide sold-out performances with political satire and sketches, Vegas-style magic, as well as hilarious musical numbers. With their sharp insightful comedy performed by talented actors, entertainers, and musicians, they have been widely recognized as “Austin’s answer to Saturday Night Live”. In addition, they also provide party planning, treating guests to fine dining and fabulous entertainment.
Address: 525 E 6th St Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 320-0553
“Esther’s Follies, unusual name, fitting for this laugh-out-loud Saturday Night Live meets David Copperfield theater show. The origins of the name come from the late actress Esther Williams. Right in the smack entertainment center of Austin, the famous/infamous 6th street, you are showcased with 1.5 hours of comedy, magic, skits, audience participation from inside and outside from legendary cast members that have been with the show for years to bright new stars, an eclectic array of cast members. If you enjoy fun, this is a must-stop. There’s also a bar in the back for legal and illegal patrons.” – Tuan L.
ZACH Theatre is the longest continuously running theatre company in Texas that creates an intimate theatre experience engaging the spirit and imagination of the community. Founded in 1932, they have become Austin’s leading professional producing theatre employing more than 250 actors, musicians, designers annually to create its own diverse set-up of nationally recognized plays and musicals. Every year, they serve nearly 128,000 Central Texans, of which 55,000 are children and youth who participate in their education and outreach programs. They are also honored to host private and community events across the area.
Address: 202 S Lamar Blvd Austin, TX 78704
Phone: (512) 476-0541
“My expectations were low and the theater is small, but I was pleasantly surprised by how formal the pre-show experience was, how good the acoustics were, and how talented the cast was. Undoubtedly looking forward to returning for more in this post-pandemic world.” – Shradha A.
Paramount Theatre For the Performing Arts
Paramount Theatre For the Performing Arts is a nonprofit organization that is inspired by the power of the arts to change lives. They strive to engage with citizens through extraordinary live performances and films, to showcase the intellect and imagination of the youth. A variety of events and film genres are presented such as A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Mullholand Drive, Dr. Strangelove, and many more. In addition, as a way to support this historic preservation and award-winning education, members can get tax-deductible membership fees, as well as year-round benefits.
Address: 713 Congress Ave Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 472-5470
“This theatre had a special showing of Love Actually around Christmas, so I and my friend attended. It’s absolutely gorgeous inside. Regal, and charming. There is a bar and snacks although we didn’t try anything. I think it’s a great venue in the heart of downtown. All of the employees I interacted with were friendly. I wouldn’t hesitate to go back for a show.” – Keshante A.
The Hideout Theatre
The Hideout Theatre is a theater conveniently located in the heart of downtown Austin that specializes in improv comedy and theater. They have shows running from Thursday through Sunday like improvised Shakespeare, improvised news shows to Whose-line-is-it-anyway style game shows. A great and fun way to spend an evening, these improvs are completely unscripted and made up at the moment. Currently, they have started teaching improve classes for those looking to perform, or just improve their communication skills and confidence. As the longest-running improv theater in Austin, they are pleased to share this unique experience with everyone.
Address: 617 Congress Ave Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 971-3311
“Had a blast coming to the show with my college-bound son. It was so very funny and enjoyable. If he ends up at UT, we’ll definitely make this place a regular spot to visit. We did two different clubs in Austin, this one was definitely better (to each their own), both places seemed to be passionate about their craft and the art of improv/theatre. It undoubtedly worth the visit for a good laugh!” – Russell B.
Long Center is a live entertainment venue that embraces and recognizes local talent and art. With over 80% of performances coming from local artists, they continuously inspire creativity and collaboration. Their grounds are open to social and community groups and events like boot camps, flash mobs, weddings, meetings, and races. Guests may also enjoy the spectacular views of the Austin skyline and Lady Bird Lake. From ballet, symphony, and opera to Shakespeare, children’s theatre, musical theatre, comedy, and outdoor concerts, they offer performances for everyone to enjoy.
Address: 701 W Riverside Dr Austin, TX 78704
Phone: (512) 457-5100
“We haven’t been to the indoors auditorium yet but the HEB terrace is so magical, especially around sunset. The skyline is a beautiful setting for a performance. The food is overpriced and wishes either the portions were larger or pricing was reasonable. The Sunday night jazz collaboration outside is also really nice because you can picnic on the lawn.” – Shradha A.
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