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City Opera House

106 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2509
+1 231-941-8082
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Beautiful facility!

First time there and I will say it is gorgeous! Excellent site lines and acoustics, it is a nice... read more

Reviewed 30 January 2018
Brian N
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
Beautiful old building in Traverse City Mi

Great venue for performances! Family birthday celebration 3 brothers and a brother-in-law all... read more

Reviewed 3 October 2017
Sandra S
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West Jefferson, North Carolina, United States
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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
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106 E Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2509
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+1 231-941-8082
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Reviewed January 30, 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

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Reviewed October 3, 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 August 16, 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...More

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Reviewed June 19, 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...More

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Reviewed August 22, 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...More

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Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

Purchased 6 V.I.P. tickets for "Ernie" which included a reception with play write Mitch Albom. Poor communication from venue re: VIP pkg & times. Reception consisted of over-cooked hotdogs & over-seasoned chips with a drink coupon for a poor selection of cheap wine/beer - nothing...More

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Reviewed August 10, 2016

Don't miss attending a production of your choice in our beautifully renovated Opera House. Absolutely amazing acoustics, comfortable seating and architectural delights (be sure to check out the ceiling), with easily accessible restrooms and elevator.

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Reviewed April 5, 2016

But seats are painfully cramped. If you have long legs it's worse than flying. But it can project an intimate setting and is a lovely building. Parking for an event is a true pain, especially if you need handicap parking, like I did. Everyone walks...More

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Reviewed March 27, 2016

The entrance to the Opera House is a doorway located between adjacent businesses on the south side of front street between Cass and Union (closer to Union) and can be easy to miss if you aren't looking for it. The Opera House itself is located...More

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Reviewed March 15, 2016

This is a lovely historical building in downtown TC. Went to an wedding there that was dramatic and classy.

Thank Molly49685
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there is a website but tripadvisor won't let us use web links, just google traverse city opera house and you will find it.
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