Folly Theater News | Fundraising Event

She’s Still Standing Strong After 120 Years!

The Grand Lady of Twelfth Street is celebrating her 120th birthday on September 23rd! Help us celebrate by donating to her birthday fundraiser.

Brought to life in 1900, the Folly Theater has had a handful of names and millions of stories. She's stood at the corner of 12th & Central for 120 years now. She's withstood the 1918 Pandemic, World Wars, depressions & recessions, and now she stands tall amidst the Coronavirus.

She's only been able to stand here because of the community leaders, patrons, donors, and volunteers that dedicate themselves to her, year in and year out. As we near the beginning of 2021 with a hope of launching live performances again, please consider donating to the Folly.

Your donation ensures that we can not only survive in this time when the stage is dark, but that we can re-open safely in 2021 with fabulous artists from around the world.



Become a Bigger Part of the Folly's Legacy

There are dozens of ways to get more involved with the Grand Lady of Twelfth Street.

Board Service

The Folly is actively recruiting engaged board members with diverse backgrounds and industries. 

Become a Fiscal Sponsor of an Event, Learn about Bequests, and Other Forms of Financial Support

If you are wanting to make a larger impact than just a one-time donation, reach out to our Development Director, Brian Williams at or 816-768-6886. Sponsoring a fundraiser event like the Folly Garden Party or Frolic, including the Folly in your Will, or being a buying the naming rights to one of our seats, not only supports the Folly Theater, but cements you or your company's legacy to supporting the arts.


The Folly Theater's volunteers are crucial to the theater's daily success. From ticket-takers to ushers and concessions to office work, the Folly Theater is strong because of the these dedicated individuals that love the Grand Lady of Twelfth Street.

Learn how to get involved by reaching out to Stephanie Spatz-Ornburn, Events Manager, at or 816-768-6880

Buy Tickets

It may seem obvious, but ticket purchases & rental clients account for almost 61% of the Folly's operating revenue. During this time when shows are being postponed regularly, that number has dropped significantly. We encourage you to purchase tickets to shows like our Folly Jazz Series or Americana Series for the future concerts.

You can find all the upcoming concerts by visiting our Events page