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Review of City Opera House

City Opera House
Ranked #33 of 123 things to do in Traverse City
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Owner description: Traverse City's City Opera House is a non-profit destination attraction for quality arts and cultural entertainment, public and private gatherings and educational programming, located in the heart of downtown, on Front Street, in Traverse City, MI. City Opera House's versatile design allows the venue to function as a state-of-the-art 700-seat theater while providing the flexibility to clear the main floor of seating for large gatherings. Enjoy a performance! Unparalleled Victorian charm, superior acoustic quality, and an accessible location all add up to a unique public environment in the heart of downtown Traverse City. City Opera House is an ideal multi- season venue for weddings, corporate events, private events and more. Host your event! City Opera House is open for self-guided tours Monday through Friday 10 am - 5pm EST. Come take a look! About the City Opera House The City Opera House is one of six historically intact Victorian opera houses in Michigan and boasts a rich history as a cornerstone of culture in the Grand Traverse region. Since opening its doors in 1891, this elegant historic theater has hosted everything from plays, concerts and operettas, to gala balls, social functions, community festivals and celebrations. The "Grand Old Lady," as she is lovingly known, has served as a community gathering space for more than a century. The City Opera House was added to National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Soon after, a committed group of inspired citizens led efforts to faithfully restore this cultural gem to its former grandeur and preserve it for generations to come. Its dramatic barrel vault ceiling, fresco paintings, gold leaf accents and Victorian styling offer residents and visitors a vibrant, one-of-a-kind venue for a diverse array of events. In 1891, three Traverse City businessmen - Anton Bartak, Frank Votruba, and Charles Wilhelm - had a vision: Build a community gathering place in the heart of downtown that would serve as a vibrant venue to cultivate continued growth and prosperity of the region. Continuing the mission of these visionaries, City Opera House is focusing on three areas to preserve this community treasure: 1. Performing Arts Series presented in a professionally equipped facility 2. Community Event Space with historic charm and unparalleled service 3. Youth Arts Education Programs that inspire creative thinking and self-confidence
Reviewed 30 January 2018

First time there and I will say it is gorgeous! Excellent site lines and acoustics, it is a nice intimate place to see a show. Beautifully renovated with a spacious lobby, Traverse City has to be proud of this jewel

Thank Brian N
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Reviewed 4 October 2017

Great venue for performances! Family birthday celebration 3 brothers and a brother-in-law all having September'/ October birthdays.

Thank Sandra S
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

Saw Mitch Albom's hilarious Hockey: The Musical here in August 2017. This review will focus on the City Opera House.

On a mid-summer Saturday afternoon, we had no trouble finding a parking spot about one block from the theater. From the outside, it looks like a fairly ordinary building. Inside, it is really special.

It is intimate, with only about 700 seats, on two levels. The main level is the 2nd floor of the building, and you can take either stairs or elevator to get there. A large lobby displays a few dozen still life paintings that are available, with most prices I saw in the $140-400 range. They have a concession table for drinks and snacks (I guess snacks, I only saw drinks). Inside the actual theater are rows of padded chairs, most with arm rests. The rows are not so tight you cannot pass by someone else at all, but most folks were slightly moving the empty chairs in front of them to allow for easier passing.

There are ornate carvings on many areas of the ceiling, making it seem almost like a mini-Fox Theater (of Detroit). There are booths above on the balcony level on the side and a few rows of seats around the back of the second level.

Our show had, maybe 50% of the seats occupied and egress down the stairs after was fairly rapid. About the only other thing I can report about this 1891 Opera House is that the washroom was quite clean and spacious, with nice-looking fixtures.

Thank FlushingCaps
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Reviewed 20 June 2017

Went to see the Bottle Rockets. The night was perfect. The opera house rocked!! Beautiful old building. The sound was great and the staff was helpful. The seating was comfortable and it was not too large so you really got to be up close with the performers. They had a little bar upstairs to add to the experience. Nicely done!

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Reviewed 23 August 2016

We saw "Ernie" here and it was a lovely evening in a darling old theater. There is artwork on all the walls by local artists and it is for sale. Double treat loved the theater and play and came home with a cool new piece of art.

Thank maurbol
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