Pickleville Playhouse Theater in Bear Lake, UT

Summer is a sweet season in Bear Lake, Utah! In summer, the glistening “Caribbean of the Rockies” is a playground for watersports and beach days, our world-famous raspberries are perfect for picking, and the Pickleville Playhouse attracts tens of thousands of visitors for family fun and hilarious entertainment. 


Situated on the south end of Bear Lake Blvd., the Pickleville Playhouse is a cozy, family-owned theater rated “Utah’s most unique live theater experience”. The old-fashioned melodrama theater, Pierre’s Playhouse in Victor, Idaho inspired LeGrande and Betty Larson to buy a piece of land on the shores of Bear Lake with a vision to build a family-family theater to delight all ages and bring generations together, forever.


History of Bear Lake’s Pickleville Playhouse Theater

Construction of the Pickleville Playhouse Theater began in June 1977 and the historic log theater was ready for the first show, The Faithful Footman, in August 1977. A quick turnaround, which included multiple nighttime visits to collect 320 seats from the Capitol Theater in Salt Lake City. Today, these same seats are sold out well in advance for hilarious musical melodramas, beloved Broadway shows, and family-friendly entertainment that for many has become a family tradition in Bear Lake


Pickleville Playhouse Theater Summer Shows 2022

During the summer months (mid-June to early-September), the Pickleville Playhouse Theater opens its doors to the public with daily shows (excluding Sundays). There’s afternoon shows for the younger kids or treat yourself to a tasty family meal at the Pickleville Grill followed by an evening of interactive, top-notch entertainment by an unbelievably funny and talented cast. 

Each summer season Pickleville Playhouse puts on two world-class performances, a classic Broadway show and a musical melodrama. Past productions include Disney favorites like The Little Mermaid, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and the famous Juanito Bandito series, written and directed by TJ Davis, grandson of LaGrande and Betty Larson. 

The 2022 summer season at Pickleville brings back the award-winning Broadway musical and Disney classic, Beauty and the Beast, and debuts an all-new modern musical melodrama and Pickleville original, the New Sheriff in Town. Set in a saloon bar in the fictional town of Wet Whistle, the New Sheriff in Town is a hysterical whodunnit with loads of laughter, gripping plot twists, and musical fun. Start a new family tradition this summer at Pickleville Playhouse Theater in Bear Lake, we know you’ll want more!


Fall Shows 2022

If your summer days are already taken up and you’re planning a fall vacation in Bear Lake, the Pickleville Playhouse Theater puts on a fabulous fall show every weekend from September 23rd through October 22nd, 2022. The show will be announced soon on the Pickleville Playhouse Theater Calendar of Events.


Summer Workshops

For the budding performers in your family, the Pickleville Playhouse Theater offers world-class kids camps and theater workshops during the summer for ages 8 to 18. The Pickleville Playhouse summer workshops include personalized training with the Pickleville cast members and directors, an end of week performance to showcase their skills to family and friends, and a complimentary ticket to Beauty and the Beast. It’s a fun opportunity for the kids to build new confidence, learn to sing, dance, choreograph, and act, and have loads of improv fun. 


Where to Buy Pickleville Playhouse Theater Tickets

Tickets for Pickleville Playhouse Theater and the Pickleville Grill are available online and should be booked as well in advance as possible. You can book for dinner and a show, just the show, or reserve dinner only if you’re not up for a show! The Pickleville Playhouse Theater is wheelchair accessible, and these reservations need to be made directly by phone on (435) 946-2918.


Summer 2022 Show Pricing

July & August: Add $2 for Friday & Saturday performances

Adult: Ages 12 and Up

Child: Ages 3 to 11 

Premium Seating:

Adult $31   Child $27

A Seating: Adult $28   Child $24

B Seating: Adult $25   Child $21 

View a map of the Pickleville Stage.


Dinner at The Pickleville Grill

The Pickleville Grill at the Pickleville Playhouse is open from 6PM to 8PM on show days for reservations and walk-ins. If you’re planning family dinner and a show, make life easier and pre-purchase the Pickleville Meal Deal online for faster service, priority seating, and a 20% discount. The Pickleville Grill is catered by Café Sabor, an authentic Mexican restaurant in Bear Lake with tasty tacos, burritos, salads, quesadillas and affordable kids meals.


Where to Stay near the Pickleville Playhouse Theater

Bear Lake is a family-friendly destination worthy of every wish list! Our selection of hand-picked Bear Lake cabins and vacation homes include luxury rentals near the Pickleville Playhouse Theater and the Caribbean waters of Bear Lake.


Whether you’re searching for a quiet retreat for you and the kids, or a large lakefront lodge with all the luxury amenities for a multi-generational family reunion, we understand the value of a family vacation and strive to ensure your vacation is as stress-free and fun as a Pickleville Playhouse show in Bear Lake!


Featured image source: PicklevillePlayhouse.com