Finke Theatre

The Historic Finke Theatre

Built in 1885, with a design by well-known St. Louis architect Jerome Bibb “J.B.” Legg, the Finke Theatre was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004 citing its significance in the area of entertainment and recreation.

Finke Theatre

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Join us for unforgettable performances! Once you experience the Finke Theatre, you will want to return again and again. If you desire individual performance tickets, calling ahead is recommended. Season tickets are still available!

Finke Theatre Interior

Exceptional Entertainment

We are proud to host wonderful performers who serve worldwide audiences! The Finke Theatre welcomes a wide assortment of talented groups and individuals to the stage for the enrichment and enjoyment of our community . Sit back, relax, and enjoy!

Our Sponsors

April 25, 2015
EM Burger Foundation
Philip & Susan Burger
Sara Donley
Phil & Nancy LewisDoris Nothnagel
Jenice Taggart
Missouri Arts Council


May 16, 2015
Dr. Ned Hug, D.C

June 12-14, 2015
Ameren Missouri
California Construction Supply


The 2nd Annual “Finke Theatre Has Talent” show will be held May 1st and 2nd at the Historic Finke Theatre in downtown California, MO. Open to amatuers (only) who have a talent to share, the desire to compete and who reside in Moniteau County or surrounding counties. Talent Show

So—sharpen up your instruments, practice those dance steps, tune up your voices, and tighten up your comedic skills! All performances must be family friendly. Prizes to be awarded: $500 for 1st, $300 for 2nd, and $100 for 3rd . Entry form must be received by April 15th to be eligible for the contest.

2015 TALENT SHOW ENTRY FORM (click to download .pdf form)

Andrea LaRayA special release show and debut of Andrea LaRay’s second EP, “Grew Up on the Radio”. Joining Andrea are bluegrass sister duo, Hanalena, and fellow singer-songwriter, Kristina Kidd. Both acts play a major role of the creation of Andrea’s new album. Nashville Comes Home will provide a glimpse of what the music scene in Nashville really looks like. Each act brings their own uniqueness and passion for country music to the Finke stage for one night only. It will take place on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 7 PM. Tickets will be $10 with children 6 and under free.

This is NOT part of the regular monthly scheduled performances at the Finke and all seats will be open seating, first come, first choice.

Andrea was born and raised in Cali-fornia, MO. Her love of music started at a young age having taught herself to play the guitar. She wrote her first song at 14 and decided her senior year of high school to attend Belmont University in Nashville. She recorded her first EP in the spring of 2013 and is happy to release her sophomore EP at the Finke.

Hannah and Carolina Melby began as instrumentalists in a string band in Mississippi in the late 90’s. The sister’s album debut was recorded in Nashville in 2010. In addition to their EP, the sisters have performed on a compilation CD commemorating the anniversary of the Civil War, and co-authored a book entitled Recipes & Road Stories.

Kristina Kidd was born & raised in Oak Ridge, NC and moved to Nashville in 2009. She released her debut EP, “Burn The Map” in 2012. Since the release of her EP, Kristina has been busy writing new music and traveling throughout the United States.

Plan now to attend this special performance at the Finke!

The Finke Theatre is full of life and hosting some wonderful performers with world wide audiences. We work diligently to select a wide variety of entertainment for the community. We've featured comedians and impersonators, contemporary, classical and bluegrass musicians, variety acts, plays and everything in between. You will love every show!


From Rags to Riches

To truly appreciate the beauty of the Finke Theatre, one must know how far it has come since California Progress, Inc. first began the renovation process. Dedicated volunteers spent innumerable hours to facilitate the remarkable transformation.  To stay true to the era and history of the theatre, efforts were made to reclaim as much of the original hardware and fixtures as possible. Now the beautiful Finke Theatre has refinished original floors, reclaimed and re-upholstered seats with original aisle floor lighting, extraordinary painted wall detail with original art deco sconces, an expanded stage wired for sound and light, the lobby features a wood and textured glass ticket booth. For more pictures, see our Renovation Gallery.

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