One thing we can all agree on is mankind loves being entertained. By definition, entertainment is “something affording pleasure, diversion, or amusement, especially a performance of some kind.” The visual arts have produced such amusement dating all the way to 534 B.C. Both
theatre performances and motion pictures provide audiences with stories relating to similar human conflicts as well as things that are even beyond their own personal life experiences. So whether you enjoy the visual arts, motion pictures or comedy the Reno/Tahoe area has something for everyone!
With 1,500 seats and an event calendar stacked with classic plays, Broadway shows and large instrumental ensembles, the Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts is northern Nevada’s largest performing arts center. Hosting more than 60 performances each year, onlookers enjoy a variety of shows, free performances, youth programs and the Reno Phil. Reno’s very own large-scale orchestra has a listening audience of over 70,000 and is easily one of the area’s most prominent performing arts organizations. pioneercenter.com; renophil.com
Located in the heart of downtown Reno, the Brüka Theatre is a classic, contemporary, original and musical performance art space. Bring the kids to the Theatre for Children and enjoy an entertaining experience with the whole family! bruka.squarespace.com
If you’re looking for some new jokes to have in your back pocket, then the Reno/Tahoe Comedy Club is a must. You can find various shows featuring comedians that have been on HBO, Showtime and Comedy Central performing right here. Laughing is not only good for the soul, as mentioned in an article from the Chicago Tribune, “intense laughter for 15 minutes has the same effect on your cardiovascular system as exercising.” So treat yourself to some good ol’ fashioned laughs! renotahoecomedyclub.com
Spice up your night and enjoy a glass of wine in the classy lounge setting at The Loft Theater-Lounge-Dining, which has stepped up the game in South Lake Tahoe. With regularly scheduled magic act, this boutique style theatre provides a more intimate option with shows available for all ages including burlesque performances and TedX. Enjoy signature drinks, delicious Italian food, late night dancing, and even indoor s’mores! thelofttahoe.com
Imagine sitting back and relaxing in a comfy oversized rocking chair with an adult beverage in hand, while enjoying state-of-the-art visual technology and surround sound. If this is something you are not familiar with, then experiencing a movie in the IMAX Theater in Sparks should be on your list! The theater also offers VIP auditoriums for the 21+ crowd with a large beer and wine selection! Check the listings and get ready for a whole new kind of movie date! galaxytheatres.com/sparks
You’re going to want to pay a visit to Tahoe Art Haus, the only cinema draft house in the region and independent theater in Lake Tahoe. With a newly remodeled theater and bar, leather rocking chairs and couches that fit up to 12 people, this cinema has been boasted as a “lively social movie going experience.” tahoearthauscinema.com
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to take a journey from Earth to Mars, the Fleischmann Planetarium at the University of Nevada, Reno has helped make your fantasy a reality! Originally the first planetarium in the world to project full-dome movies, audiences can explore the wonders of the universe in the 10-meter high-resolution dome. Over 50,000 visitors a year marvel at the colorful 3-D images including time-lapse videos of clouds, weather phenomena and even NASA’s Journey to Mars! planetarium.unr.edu
Immerse yourself in the visual arts scene at any of the live and recorded shows scheduled every week. Whether you’re seated in a traditional theatre or movie theater, Reno/Tahoe has what you are looking for!
By: Mikaila Bird