Turnage Theatre Tours


Our Virtual Tour Series

Watch the first in a series of recorded tours:


Call 252-946-2504 to book your tour! The theatre is the home of the Arts of the Pamlico, the state-designated arts council for Beaufort and Washington Counties. Tours are conducted Tuesday – Friday by appointment with a suggested donation of $5 per person.

Operating hours are Tuesday-Thursday from 1 PM – 6 PM, Fridays from 11 AM – 6 PM and Saturdays from 11 AM – 4 PM. The theatre is also open for scheduled meetings, events and performances.


Tours of the Historic Turnage Theatre and backstage by Arts of the Pamlico staff are available by appointment. The theatre is a contributing structure in the downtown Harbor District of Historic Washington and had a vibrant past showing silent movies, hosting Vaudeville characters as well as movies with sound in the fully restored palace theatre built on to the rear of the theatre in the late 1920s/early 1930s.


Group tours are available by appointment. Call for information and group rates.


School groups are welcome to contact us to set up a tour of the theatre. Class tours are $35 per class. Classes unload in the front of the theatre and participate in an improv skit on stage after learning about the theatre’s history. School events including a movie provided by the school and concessions may be created to meet interests and budgets as a school tour rental package. Call us at 252-946-2504 to book your class event.

Art Cafe'
Our art cafe’ can host small receptions for 25 -35 seated persons at our cafe tables with high padded & wooden chairs or 30 – 35 standing participants. The cafe space comes with a separate entrance, bathroom and bar.
Art Exhibit Spaces
Artists interested in exhibiting their work are asked to contact AOP for additional details and options including the art cafe, art-way main entrance, Lane Gallery, & Turnage Gallery.
Our theatre backstage area offers a perfect venue for art workshops and music jams.
Combo (gallery, kitchen & theatre)
AOP’s serving kitchen with a refrigerator, sink, food warmer and ice maker.
Our 1200 sq ft Fine Art Gallery and meeting space, complete with catering kitchen is perfect for smaller events such as receptions, before wedding parties, dinners, reunions, corporate meeting and networking groups.
The Turnage Theatre, with a seating capacity of 432, is available for everything from a group movie to a music performance or stage production, ceremonies, recitals, weddings, services and more.