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History of the Southwest Playhouse Fine Arts Center, Inc.

The dream that was Clinton Little Theatre became a reality in 1965 and opened its first show, All My Sons, in April of 1966. The founders of this theatre strove to stir the minds, please the senses, and incite the spirits of the community.  The first productions for the Clinton Little theatre were held in the auditorium of what is now the Clinton Middle School. A few years after its establishment, Clinton Little Theatre was renamed Southwest Playhouse Fine Arts Center Inc., in order to further open itself to surrounding communities.

In 1976, with the help of the City of Clinton and many volunteers, the old pig show barn was remodeled to serve as the Southwest Playhouse theatre. The seating was folding directors chairs that had been purchased by individuals with their names embroidered on the back. In 1998, the theatre was again remodeled and the permanent stadium style seating was installed.

Southwest Playhouse is thrilled to be celebrating its 50th season. We produce five shows each season and pride ourselves on our professional quality community theatre.