Dowagiac's central business district is the home of Beckwith Theatre Co., which brings to The Grand Old City live theatre at its very best. Evening and matinee performances are held within an historic 1925 Neo-Gothic building.

Formed in 1990, Beckwith Theatre Co. is a volunteer, non-profit organization, dedicated to the performing arts. Its productions include dramas, comedies, musicals and even a bit of Shakespeare.

The modern-day theatre company takes its name from Beckwith Memorial Theatre, once located at the corner of Beeson and Front streets. Built in 1892, it was regarded as one of the finest theatres between New York and Chicago, playing host to such well-known names as William S. Hart, Roland Reed, Robert Mantell, Otis Skinner and John Philip Sousa.

Beckwith Theatre Co., which is a member business of the Greater Dowagiac Chamber of Commerce, is located at 100 New York Avenue. For ticket information, or to obtain this year's performance schedule, call (269) 782-ROLE, or visit them on the web at