The Art and Culture Guide to Conroe, Texas
A short drive outside of Houston will land you in Conroe, Texas, a charming city where adventure awaits at every turn. The city is home to breathtaking architecture, a history that dates back to the oil industries in the 1880s, fantastic theaters and of course, delicious food. Residents from nearby cities go out of their way to visit Conroe to immerse themselves in the historic atmosphere, exciting nightlife and some of the city’s best events. Here’s your guide to the art and culture of Conroe—Texas’ hidden gem.
Treat yourself to a live production at Crighton Theatre on North Main Street. You’d be hard-pressed to miss the theater, thanks to its dazzling exterior of carved marble, stained-glass windows and sparkling lights under the mezzanine to welcome in visitors. A quick glance at the theater and you’ll know it has its fair share of history. It opened in 1935, and tickets were no more than 50 cents for adults and children to watch vaudeville shows. Throughout the years, legendary actors like Debbie Reynolds and Marvin Hamlisch graced the stage, shaping the theater into the place it is now. Today, you can watch the red velvet curtains open up to a Broadway production of “Into the Woods,” “Annie” and holiday specials like “Elf Jr. the Musical.”
Since most shows at Crighton Theatre tend to end around 8 p.m.—when the night’s still young—take a short walk to Metcalf Street to Pacific Yard House, a fun restaurant and bar known for its live music. Expect to find bluegrass and alternative rock bands belting out their best tunes as the bartenders mix up cocktails for you. The menu is impressive, and you can order anything, from the Yard Bird bbq chicken salad to a shrimp po’boy to the Yard House tacos.
Not far from Crighton Theatre is another venue that is equally delightful in its own way. The Owen Theatre is known for putting on quirky plays by the local Players Theatre Company in this building that can accommodate up to 250 spectators. The theater was built in 1946 but was renovated to a modern feel, adding more comfort for theater lovers. Upcoming shows include Agatha Christie’s “And Then There Were None,” “Godspell,” “Seussical: The Musical” and “Lost in Yonkers”. Concerts are also held at the theater along with special events like Dinner & Dance nights featuring ‘60s and ‘70s music for a romantic date night.