The city drama theatre in Sovetsk (the region's second biggest city known as Tilsit before 1946) staged its first performance in 1956. The building which houses the theatre was built in 1893. With three tiers of seating, it can seat 300 spectators. The building has been recently overhauled and now is one of Sovetsk's major sightseeing landmarks.
The small Tilsit Theatre has won popularity thanks to acclaimed stage director Yevgeny Marcelli, who worked in the theatre from 1991 to 2008. The Tilsit Theatre took part in the Golden Mask Festival and other festivals and contests. Today its list of productions has plays for both children and mature audiences. The theatre often invites directors from other countries and regions.