- Entertainment & Amusement
- Performing Arts
To promote and foster drama, live theater, and the performing arts in and around Bartow County by presenting programs of integrity and professional quality, while affording any willing individual the opportunity to participate in such programs.
A History of the Pumphouse Players
In April 1975, Don and Ollene Kordecki, Mimi Collins, and Roger Hilton were discussing the lack of an organized theater group in Cartersville, Georgia. After an evening spent discussing various names for the new group, a decision was made on The Pumphouse Players. The first show produced was Mary, Mary, a comedy. For three nights in July the store-front offices of the former First National Bank loan office on Main Street were converted into a make-shift theater with chairs and a platform borrowed from the civic center and the Episcopal church. The play was brought back as a dinner theater event at the Ramada Inn Restaurant in September and October of that year.
Over the next two years The Pumphouse Players performed at several venues in the area, including the American Legion, Elk’s Club, and a park recreation hall. Beginning in September 1977 with Arsenic and Old Lace the PHP found a home at the Grand theatre in Cartersville, where they remained until the early 1990s. In 1991 and 1992 the theatre group relocated to a facility Under The Bridge, just down from the Grand. The PHP moved to the historic Legion theatre started in 1993 with One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. For over 20 years and into the foreseeable future this is our home and we have made it our own.
Since 1975, The Pumphouse Players has produced nearly 200 plays and has involved hundreds of people in all aspects of theater. We have maintained the historic aspects of the Legion while making it into one of the best and longest-running theaters in northwest Georgia.