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Napa Valley is known for its vineyards and wine, but it also boasts much more for visitors and locals. During your next trip to the wine country, be sure to check out the Napa Valley Performing Arts Center at Lincoln Theater in downtown Yountville. After spending the day touring the beloved wineries, the best way to end the night is to sit back, relax, and watch the live entertainment. The theater has become a leading provider of arts education and world-class entertainment in Napa Valley. The Lincoln Theater in Napa Valley is located on the beautiful historic grounds of the Veterans Home of California.
In addition to spending an evening at the Lincoln Theater in Napa Valley, you may want to enjoy vineyard tours, wine tastings, shopping, galleries and more. Find out about our recommendations for things to do and see in the area in our free Vacation Guide.
The Lincoln Theater in Napa Valley originally opened in 1957. The theater was formerly constructed as a place to entertain resident veterans. In 1993, Carlee Leftwich, then the mayor of Yountville, and her husband Dr. William Leftwich decided that the theater needed renovations. They invited a group of volunteers into their home to discuss what improvements could be made. After 12 long years, with hundreds of helpers and persistent fundraising, they were able to raise $22 million for renovations. By 2005, the Napa Valley Lincoln Theater was completely remodeled and ready for a grand re-opening.
Since the $22 million renovation in 2005, the Napa Valley Lincoln Theater has become a state-of-the-art multi-purpose venue. The theater accommodates 1,200 seats and is designed so there is no bad view of the stage. The stadium seating guarantees that the seated row in front of you will be below stage viewing level.
When you first enter into the theater, you find yourself in the grand foyer where you can enjoy a locally made wine or beer before the show. Just be sure to finish it in the foyer as drinks are prohibited at your seat! Ascending up the elegant spiral staircase, you will enter into the upper foyer. You will get an elegant view of the California Veterans Home through the vast 25-foot long lobby windows.
The stage is set for a year of top quality entertainment. Not only is the theater home to Symphony Napa Valley, it also serves as a showcase for a variety of world-renowned artists.
Start October off right with Rock Stars & Stripes. This is the ultimate American rock experience featuring former Boston vocalist/guitarist David Victor. This live show is video-enhanced with visuals by MTV’s Emmy Award-winning Director Jeff Clark. During the show, the band will honor local heroes who have served our communities and the artists who created the American soundtrack of freedom.
October 2, Drums of India will be thrilling the audience with a mesmerizing concert that will take you back in time. This six-person ensemble is comprised of master drummers playing a variety of traditional India drums. Paired with the drums, there will be an enchanting mixture of vocals and supported sitar.
October 8, award-winning composer and Downbeat Magazine’s Rising Star Tony Desar will perform. He will showcase a wide range of passionate, humorous, and soulful sounds. Tony is a critically acclaimed singer and pianist who is world famous for putting a fresh twist on an old school sound. This electrifying, unbelievable show is not one to miss!
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After your night out at the Napa Valley Lincoln Theater, we would love for you to come stay with us at the Churchill Manor. Our gorgeous 19th-century mansion is located one block away from downtown Napa. In the morning, enjoy coffee and our three-course breakfast either inside or outside. Download our Vacation Guide for all the best things to do and see during your visit.