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The Lake Worth Playhouse

Since 1933, the Lake Worth Playhouse has been presenting award-winning performances at our state-of-the-art theatre complex in Lake Worth, Florida, on the beautiful shores of Lake Osborne. The Lake Worth Playhouse became one of the most respected non-profit community theaters in South Florida, winning an award from the League of South Florida Theaters as an Outstanding Non-Profit Theater in 1992.

Black Box Series

The Playhouse Black Box Series offers a rotating schedule of short-run plays by nationally and internationally renowned writers, produced in The Playhouse Stonzek Studio Theater-an intimate, sixty-seat theater-designed to provide a visceral theater-going experience. The focal point of the series is the story, writing, and acting in the chosen works with very basic technical arrangements.


The Lake Worth Playhouse offers a wide variety of educational material to the community. The Playhouse has sessions for adult classes, child classes, camps, internships and outreaches. The venue also provides scholarships to the local community, supporting education in the community. The outreaches were created to serve as a catalyst for social change.

Playhouse History

Originally named the Oakley Theater, the Lake Worth Playhouse opened November 3, 1924, and is now the oldest building on the register of the Art Deco Society of Palm Beach County. Since then, the theater has sustained the battering of numerous hurricanes along with a series of different names and owners.

On December 1, 1953 the playhouse was acquired by Lake Worth citizens and despite the outdated accommodations, audiences came out to support the organization. In October 1975, the theater was officially bought over and became the Lake Worth playhouse; at this point the much needed renovations began.

Today, the Playhouse offers a variety of mainstream and alternative programming - plays put on by the local youth, playing of films, and more. The Lake Worth Playhouse also offers educations to children and parents alike and features multiple community outreach programs. Not only is the theater a not-for-profit establishment, but tickets are free for disadvantaged citizens in the community.

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