Barter Theatre

127 W Main St
Abingdon, VA 24210
(276) 628-3991
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
10:00am - 5:00pm
1:00pm - 5:00pm


  • Before becoming Barter Theatre, the building served as a town hall, prison, volunteer fire station, opera house and church.
  • Row 2 & 3 center balcony are some of the best seats in the house. For a more intimate experience in which you nearly share the stage with the players, see a show at Barter Stage II.
  • Some of the best seats in the house can be found in the balcony, box left or right, on row 1.
  • Barter Theatre opened 6/10/1933, proclaiming, "With vegetables you cannot sell, you can buy a good laugh." The price of admission was 40 cents or the equivalent in produce, meat, or live animals.
  • Every play I have seen has been spectacular! The Barter never disappoints!
  • Photo Tip: The Midsummer Play Fountain is a very photogenic location in town with easy access from the parking lot at Barter Stage II, but bring a wide angle lens for the best photos.
  • A marvelous theater with consistently excellent productions!
  • Bob Porterfield, Barters founder, did what few actors have ever accomplished. He auditioned for and landed a role in a Broadway production the day after graduating from the AADA.
  • This building, originally Sinking Springs Presbyterian Church, built in 1833, is the second-oldest theatrical building in the United States.
  • The shows that we have seen there have always been wonderful. This weekend we saw "Footloose." All of the actors and chorus performers were enthusiastic and thrilling in their performances.
  • The Christmas Story was great! Go see it.
  • There are always spooky plays running near Halloween.
  • Neat old theater with great productions and musicals.
  • Can't wait for the Full Monty and Gala tonight @ Barter!
  • Busy day at Barter today!
  • TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE at Barter Stage II is a powerful evening in the theatre....running through Mid-August....a beautiful story , powerfully acted!