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 — When a local theater has to shut down because of a pandemic, the entire community’s economy can be affected.

The historic Turnage Theater in downtown Washington normally hosts plays, concerts, comedy and children’s camps, but the coronavirus has caused it to close its doors.

“It’s meant that events have been canceled. Artists haven’t been paid. Technicians weren’t able to work,” said Debra Torrence heads the Arts of the Pamlico, a regional arts council that runs the theater…”

150 W. Main St | Washington, NC 27889

252-946-2504 |

The Arts of the Pamlico (AOP) is a vibrant hub of arts & cultural events & activities for adults and youth serving Eastern North Carolina. It is the state-designated arts council for Beaufort & Washington Counties, based in its Historic Turnage Theatre in downtown Washington, NC.  Join today and live art, give art!


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TUE – WED 11 AM – 6 PM, TH 1 – 6 PM, FRI 11 AM – 6 PM, SAT 10 AM – 2 PM, & SUN – MON: CLOSED. AOP is also open evenings and additional weekend hours for events.



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Historic Vaudeville Entrance

at the Turnage Theatre

Be sure to visit us at 150 W. Main Street in Downtown Washington, NC to learn about our historic Vaudeville theatre.

We’ve restored the original entrance and we’re displaying the theatre’s story on the doors.

The arts council’s calendar is jam-packed each month with everything from acting camps to professional acts, music workshops to concerts and festivals, a plethora of art classes to a variety of exhibitions.”

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Deborah Griffin

- Staff Writer, The Daily Reflector

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You can help Beaufort County Arts take flight with your year-end donation.

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Thank you! Your help, attendance at events, donations and sharing information about activities at the Arts of the Pamlico keep all the wheels turning at the Turnage Theatre and is greatly appreciated.
As the year comes to a close, please consider a year-end donation to the Arts of the Pamlico. It will make a big difference right here in your community!
We have several options for year-end giving to fit your interests and budget. Please visit or complete the attached form and return it today to help the arts take flight in Beaufort County.
Thank you for considering supporting the Arts of the Pamlico as part of your year-end giving.
All the best to you and yours for a healthy and happy holiday season!

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During Economic Highs and Lows, the Arts Are Key Segment of U.S. Economy

Washington, DC—”According to the latest data issued today by the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the National Endowment for the Arts, the arts remain a vital component of the U.S. economy. As the United States navigates a time of economic uncertainty due to the spread of COVID-19, it is important to recognize and champion the economic contributions of the arts …”

COVID-19 is taking a toll on the arts

“We want people to know that art doesn’t stop even in the worst of times, artists have continued to create and their art may look different, the subjects may change, but the importance of the arts and opening dialog and supporting our community is more important now than ever,” Torrence says. 

Silent Movies in NC - UNCTV Film Clip

The Historic Turnage Theatre is home to a mothballed silent movie & vaudeville theatre. Learn more about the silent movie era in NC at

In The News

What’s Happening to Main Street?

What’s Happening to Main Street?

There's a great deal of activity right at our front door at the Turnage Theatre. It's called the Streetscapes Infrastructure Project and our Historic Downtown will experience an amazing face lift!Washington Harbor District Alliance (WHDA) is the organization,...

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Art Beat for week of March 30-2020

Art Beat for week of March 30-2020

Art Beat shares information about programs and efforts of your regional arts council, Arts of the Pamlico (AOP), and arts events at the Historic Turnage Theatre and across Beaufort County. AOP presents and supports the provision of arts programming for the community...

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Open Sky Arts Initiative Launched

Open Sky Arts Initiative Launched

Art Beat shares information about programs and efforts of your regional arts council, Arts of the Pamlico (AOP), and arts events at the Historic Turnage Theatre and across Beaufort County. AOP presents and supports the provision of arts programming for the community...

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Address: 150 West Main Street
Washington, North Carolina 27889

Phone: 252-946-2504


Tuesday – Wednesday: 11 AM – 6 PM

Thursday: 1 – 6 PM

Friday: 11 AM – 6 PM

Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM

Sundays – Mondays: closed

Plus, Day & Evening for Events

Arts of the Pamlico @ Historic Turnage Theatre

We’re just one block from the Washington Waterfront.

Come by boat and dock at the Waterfront! We are just a short walk to dinner and an event at the Turnage Theatre.

There is also plenty of parking behind the Theatre.

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