The Pine Knob Theatre opened in 1987 in the rural community of Pine Knob just 5 miles north of Caneyville, Kentucky off highway 79. This 500 seat amphitheatre is one of the national outdoor dramas and is supported by the State of Kentucky. Over 120,000 visitors have seen performances as the theatre produces five different shows this summer. The infamous outlaw "Dock Brown" lived in Pine Knob from 1842 until his death in 1851. In 1876, William R. Haynes wrote a book about the outlaws life and the play portrays the story "Dock Brown - Legend of an Outlaw". Some actors are actual descendants of people who lived in the community during that time.
"Down In Hoodoo Holler" is a comedy about a city slicker from Louisville, J. Roy Hunt, who comes to Hoodoo Holler, a nickname for Pine Knob, in the 1930s to search for the outlaw's gold which was never found following his death. With a real Model A Ford on stage, this young man while spending the summer with the Doolin Family learns there is more to life than work and money.
"Lucy And Ruth's Diner" better known as "LARD" is a 50s play portraying life in a much simpler time. Guthrie and Junior at the nearby filling station play a lot of tricks on Lucy and Ruth at the Diner, Lucy's daughter is running for the School Fair Queen contest and cousin Ernie comes to stay with Freddy the local nerd. Filled with classic cars, songs, dance, and loads of comedy, this play will take you baby boomers back to the good old days!
"Daddy Took The T-Bird Away" is set in 1956 and the title tells the story. Sissy takes daddy's new 1956 Thunderbird to the Diner in place of the Library and gets caught. Over 20 songs sang live on stage included in this play. This show is also performed at the RiverPark Center in Owensboro, KY, the Alhambra Theatre in Hopkinsville, Ky, and regularly at Rough River State Resort Park in our off season.
"Be Bop A Lula" is our latest show which opens this summer. The new girl at school, Lula, is a "rag doll" from the "poor side of town". You know, "down in the boondocks"! Well the newest play is filled with nostalgia and Doo Wop music performed live with our stage band. Wimpy's girlfriend is Charmin, so don't be giving her a squeeze.
All performances are on Friday and Saturday nights June through September at 7:30 P.M. Central time. Please check our web site for dates and times. An Outdoor Cookout is available from 5:00 to 6:30 P.M. prior to the shows. And the last Saturday of July and September we also have a festival with food, music, and 2 shows in the afternoon.