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Farish Theater

The William Stamps Farish Fund Theater is a state-of-the-art facility in one of Main Street’s busiest places.

Fully renovated and updated in 2012, the theater on the Central Library’s first floor is home to theater, dance, live music, film, community events, and meetings. The Lexington Public Library makes the facility available at some of the city’s best prices, with affordable business, nonprofit, and government rates.


  • 138 new seats
  • 27-by-18-foot stage
  • New high-definition projector
  • New sound system
  • New stage lights
  • Blu-Ray player plus DVD and VCR
  • Two renovated dressing rooms
  • State-of-the-art control room


Reserve The Farish For Your Events

Why the Farish?

  • Renovated in 2012.
  • Fully equipped for everything from theater productions and live music to business meetings and PowerPoint presentations.
  • Affordable rates, with special rates for nonprofit organizations and government agencies.
  • Centrally located on Main Street.

Farish Rates

The Lexington Public Library requires a refundable deposit plus rent for the Farish. Additional charges apply for use after regular library hours. For rates, visit the Farish Theater Policy page. Important information regarding food and beverages, merchandise sales, equipment training and more also can be found.

Must reserve in person or by phone.  Call (859) 231-5597 or email for more information.


Upcoming Theater Events

Sat. December 16th - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Sun. December 17th - 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Mon. December 18th - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Thu. December 21st - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Sat. December 30th - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

The Farish Theater Story

The Central Library Theater opened in 1989 as part of the Lexington Public Library’s new main building.

The W. Paul and Lucille Caudill Little Foundation awarded a $268,644 challenge grant to the library in 2009 to fully renovate the theater. About 500 donors helped meet the challenge, led by a $100,000 donation from the William Stamps Farish Fund. The Farish Theater opened in April 2012.