The Barter Theatre
Original Author: Unknown
Created: Twentieth century
Medium: Photograph
Publisher: Barter Theatre

The Barter Theatre

The Barter Theatre, located in the Blue Ridge highlands of Abingdon, Virginia, was founded by Robert Porterfield in 1933 and designated the State Theater of Virginia in 1946. Opening its doors in the midst of the Great Depression, Barter earned its name by allowing patrons to pay the admission price with produce, dairy products, or livestock. Porterfield advertised to a crop-rich but cash-poor area, "With vegetables you cannot sell, you can buy a good laugh."