Howmet Playhouse

At the center of the White Lake area’s performing arts scene is the histori Howmet Playhouse in Whitehall.

Located just two blocks from downtown Whitehall and only five minutes by car from our lakeside inn, the theatre offers everything from musicals and plays to films and poetry readings. There are also a number of youth theatre workshops hosted at the playhouse throughout the year.

Howmet Playhouse first opened its doors in 1916. At that time, the theatre put on live performances and showed some of the very first motion pictures or “flickers” as they were then called. Today, you can still see film screenings at the playhouse—many of which are free to attend or simply the cost of a donation. Both popular films and independent and documentary films are shown.

Of course, the main schedule of events at the theatre is made up of plays. The summer season always has an exceptionally good lineup of plays with the Summer Fine Arts Festival. The staff works diligently to bring in some of the best shows in the area, and patrons regularly come from Muskegon, Grand Rapids, and beyond to see these magnificent performances.


Schedule Your Visit Around a Performance!

If you’ve been planning your trip to our lakeside hotel, we encourage you to schedule your visit around one of the performances at the Howmet Playhouse.

Or if you’ve already got your eye on a performance you simply must see, please consider staying with us at the Weathervane Inn during your visit. One of our luxurious, lakefront guestrooms surely has your name on it!

For scheduling ease, here’s a listing of all the playhouse’s upcoming events:

Upcoming Howmet Events

Téada in Concert

March 15 @ 7:30 pm
A St. Patrick’s Day Celebration A traditional band with a truly worldwide reach, Téada has appeared as a frequent headliner at major music festivals throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Africa, Russia, The Middle East, and Australia. Highlights include a 30,000-capacity stadium concert in Brittany, along with performances at Penang World Music Festival in Malaysia, ...

Billy McLaughlin in Concert

March 25 @ 7:30 pm
Presented by the Howmet Playhouse and the Arts Council of White Lake This event is part of Guitar Fest. For more information about Guitar Fest, visit the ACWL website. Billy McLaughlin is recognized internationally as a world-class guitarist, Emmy Award winning composer and inspirational keynote speaker who has appeared on Billboard’s Top-Ten Chart. Previously signed ...

Scotland’s Tannahill Weavers

May 5 @ 7:30 pm
The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years ...

Killer Blues presents the Soul Syndicate

May 6 @ 7:30 pm
Killer Blues presents the Soul Syndicate The Soul Syndicate’s vintage vibe is inspired by the mid to late 60’s/early 70’s Soul and R & B scene and is a crowd favorite wherever they perform. The band’s look and sound replicates artists such as Sam and Dave, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, The ...