Free jazz performances every second Thursday of the month at the Farish Theater. Sponsored by the Jazz Arts Foundation and Jamey Aebersold Jazz.
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.
Upcoming Theater Events:
Thu, 12/12/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
BEFORE SUNRISE 
Film screening: The first entry in the "Before" film series: BEFORE SUNRISE (1995)
Mon, 12/16/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
BEFORE SUNSET 
Film screening: The second entry in the "Before" film series: BEFORE SUNSET (2004)
Tue, 12/17/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Live comedy performance with short games and unwritten laughter.
Wed, 12/18/2013 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
BEFORE MIDNIGHT 
Film screening: The third entry in the "Before" film series: BEFORE MIDNIGHT (2013)
Wed, 12/18/2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
student piano recital
Thu, 12/19/2013 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
- 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
Why the Farish?
- Newly 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.
- In-house cafe open weekday mornings and afternoons and for some special events. Also available for catering.
- Centrally located on Main Street.
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 www.lexpublib.org/reserve-a-room . Important information regarding food and beverages, merchandise sales, equipment training and more also can be found.
The Farish 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.